IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/04/2017
The killing of an RTI activist in Pune late on Sunday night by hitting him with concrete blocks was not news on Tuesday in any paper except the Indian Express. And the Express too did not think it was front page news. The paper had prominent coverage of the story only on page..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
XIIA – BAIL 1. What is bail? Answer: Bail means an order of release of a person from prison and forms an integral part of our criminal justice system which assumes every man innocent until (conclusively) proven guilty. Bail is granted during the pendency of the trial or an appeal. Before..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. Are sting operations legal? Is there any law that allows for sting operations? Answer: Yes, Sting Operations are legal. In Aniruddha Bahal v. State ( 2010 172 DLT 269) theDelhi High Court held that “it is built-in duties that every citizen must strive for a corruption free society and must..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. Is there any law that gives me a right to refuse to divulge my sources? Answer: No, there is no law which gives a right to refuse to divulge my sources. Though the courts generally do not compel a journalist to reveal his sources, but then again the journalist cannot..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. What is a person’s right to privacy? Answer: A person’s right to privacy is the right to be left alone. A citizen has the right to safeguard the privacy of himself and his family. This right can extend to all aspects of an individual’s personal life (as opposed to things..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. What is contempt of court? Answer: Any act which hinders or impairs the judicial proceedings and interferes in the administration of justice constitutes Contempt of Court. Such act or conduct is dealt with under the Contempt of Court Act, 1971. Reasoning: In order to keep faith of the public in..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. What are the guidelines in place for reporting on issues relating to communal violence? Answer: The guidelines for reporting on issues relating to communal violence are contained in the, “Norms for Journalistic Conduct, 2010” (edition) which was published by the Press Council of India. Reasoning: Journalists are under a duty to..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1. Are freelancers treated at par with employed journalists in terms of the privileges they enjoy? Answer: In so far as employment conditions and issues (such as remuneration, work conditions, credits, etc) are concerned, the law does not require freelancers to be treated at par with employed journalists in terms of..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
What is a copyright? What sort of content can be copyrighted? Answer: Copyright is a branch of intellectual property rights that protects original works of authorship. A copyright over some material generally implies that the copyright owner has the exclusive right: To reproduce the work ..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
1.      When is a case sub-judice?   Answer: A case is sub-judice from the time, (a) in criminal cases: a charge-sheet or challan has been filed by the Police in Court or if summons or warrant is not issued by Court; and (b) in civil cases: a notice is issued by a..
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The back story of the huge apology notice published by the Hindustan Times on September 18 (see this Hoot brief) is to be found in the record of sittings of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. The apology was published three days after the last sitting to which the editor of HT was summoned. The notice given by  Andhra Pradesh MP Jithender Reddy was taken up five times by the Committee  between July end and September 15. This too has fed into the wide ranging speculation over the reason for the resignation of the current editor of the paper, Aparisim Ghosh.                       

Did it really take the Hindustan Times almost six months to figure out that it had got the figures on the attendance  in Parliament of certain MPs, wrong? Or is there more to why it carried a front page apology covering half the page on September 18? It said, "In the edition of March 24, 2017, we had, because of a technical glitch, erroneously reported the attendance in Parliament of certain MPs. Below are the accurate figures. Hindustan Times offers an unconditional apology, and deeply regrets any offence or inconvenience caused." Of the seven MPs whom it said had 100 per cent attendance  not one had it, the paper listed six other names for this statistic. And the list of those whom it said had the worst attendance in Parliament is headed by Abhijeet Mukherjee, the former President's son, who in fact has a figure of 97 per cent attendance.                                    

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The Washington Post  is rolling out Talk  a new commenting system that will allow the paper to better engage with readers who comment on its stories and help promote civil conversations. The software was developed by the Coral Project, a collaboration between The Post, the NYT and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the  Knight Foundation. The Post will integrate Talk with ModBot, its AI-powered comment moderation technology.                                                                         

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman Lab)                                       
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