Although the judgment has declined to find newspaper managements guilty of contempt, it has settled 4 questions of law which will have far reaching implications for journalists and newspapers in India.
BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |06/06/2017
A High Court judge says an apology for defamation is often better than damages. The argument is intriguing, but flawed.
Justice Endlaw fell back on a far-reaching principle rather than jurisdiction to dismiss the case before him,
It falls for the specious arguments put forward for a media gag by three lawyers accused of sexual harassment.
But the case shows how contempt is misused by the courts to crush critical reports quickly while the final ruling takes years to come.
In their Udta Punjab and Perumal Murugan rulings, the courts missed an opportunity to lay down some fundamental principles
IN JUDGEMENTS |21/06/2016
Twenty-two years…18 years…that is how long the courts take to settle defamation cases which are becoming increasingly routine and frivolous.
The central flaw in Justice Dipak Misra’s criminal defamation ruling is equating right to reputation with right to free speech as a fundamental right.
Three policemen guilty of killing two innocent persons in 1997 sued Zee for defamation. They have won. Is this a flawed judgement?
The Star News and IBN7 cases show how the courts are failing to hold the media to account.
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