The Supreme Court’s new ruling that poll candidates and their relatives must reveal the source of their income, infringes their fundamental right to privacy
After a spate of court orders gagging the media, two judges buck the trend in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Pachauri cases
It’s been win some, lose some but some of the more significant rulings have been in favour of media freedom,
In two cases involving CNN IBN-Cobrapost and the ToI, the judiciary took 10 and 20 years respectively to decide cases of civil and criminal defamation.
…the problem for journalists is that it can be used against them when public figures and celebrities want to stop media scrutiny
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.
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.
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Online media has not been subjected to licensing and regulation so far but I & B minister Smriti Irani suggested at CNN News 18's Rising India Summit on March 16-17 that this may be changing. When it comes to content on TV, radio or newspapers there is a code of conduct they adhere to, everybody is licensed to function under the law, she said. But online is a system where  where legislation in terms of news broadcast content is not clear. "That is something that the ministry is currently undertaking, and is in conversation with stake holders", she said.              

In the session just prior to Narendra Modi's address at CNN TV 18's Rising India summit on Friday, the Group's Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi made such a flattering  introductory speech about the PM that even Mr Modi  looked a trifle embarrassed. He narrated how much the PM had achieved while leading from the front, and said the network's channels were there for him to use to put out his message.  He introduced him as India's rock star prime minister. Mr Modi then  went on to do a power point presentation about the achievements of his government and said there was "darkness" in the country before he took over the reins of power in 2014.                     
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