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..
IN PRESS LAWS GUIDE |17/09/2012
 1.      What constitutes a fair trial?   Answer: There are various aspects of the right to a fair trial. These include an adversarial trial system, presumption of innocence, independent judges, and knowledge of the accusation, trail and evidence in the presence of the accused, adequate legal representation to respond to the charges...
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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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