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 Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has increased accidental death cover for accredited journalists from Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh. Also families of accredited journalists will now get Mata Amrutm (MA) card for cashless treatment upto Rs 2 lakh in govt or designated pvt hospitals in the state. The  MA card is actually given to those whose annual income is less than Rs 1.5 lakh, but a special exception has been made for journalists. Both theses announcements were made in the budget presented in the assembly on February 21st.           

A year and six months after he was jailed in September 2015  Bastar journalist Santosh Yadav was granted bail by a division bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan today. Yadav was arrested in September 2015 on charges of aiding Maoists.               

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