A private member’s bill by a BJD MP seeks to repeal the criminal defamation law and codify civil defamation. The Hoot has a copy of this media-friendly bill.
A new court order in a defamation case finally tilts the balance slightly in favour of journalists and bloggers and against powerful corporations.
BY PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN DEFAMATION |08/09/2015
BSES Limited, a company in the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), has sought a stupendous Rs 5,000 crore as damages from BCCL for a series of stories in August based on a draft CAG report.
BY NANDITA JHA| IN DEFAMATION |27/08/2015
Defamation cases against the media are being filed thick and fast in 2015, with the pace picking up as the year wears on.
Indians are routinely subjected to government surveillance on a staggering scale -7500 to 9000 telephone interception orders by the Central Government each month!
BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN DEFAMATION |21/04/2014
Once the SC has created a right of privacy over all events not in the public record, it opens the door to censorship of any reporting on such events.
IN DEFAMATION |10/03/2012
Were they killed for their work? Were they involved in other, personal interests, which spilled over into their professional lives? Did their professional and personal enemies conspire to kill them?
IN DEFAMATION |26/02/2011
The law of criminal defamation has several ramifications, affecting the right to privacy and contempt too
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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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