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.
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.
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!
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 hilarious 'ABVP, why so creepy' song, needs to be edited to include AIDMK, it appears. The party’s Health Minister C Vijayabaskar upped the creepy quotient when he persisted in responding to a woman journalist's questions about a late night meeting of party MLAs with compliments on her spectacles and when that didn't stop her questions, said "you are so beautiful".                  

Anyone who is 45 minutes late for a press conference  should apologise. But BJP's man in Tripura Sunil Deodhar offered neither apology nor explanation when he turned up at 3.45 pm for a 3 pm meet at the Mumbai Press Club. Deodhar is from Mumbai, and should have known how long the commute would take. He accused the media of  making less noise about the murder of journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik than they did about the death of journalist Santanu Bhowmik. While the latter was allegedly killed by members of  the IPF of Tripura with whom the BJP had an electoral alliance in the state, the former was shot dead by a Tripura State Rifles constable. But a quick search shows that both generated equal outrage in the media.                   

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