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 BJP's celebration of three years of rule has meant multiple bashes for journalists of different kinds. The TV crowd was feted separately from print and digital journalists, one for each category,  combined with other segments such as financial institution professionals. The Amit Shah part of the picture was a repeat on each occasion, journalists and others around his table edging in to catch every word. Even as senior ministers were secondary draws.            

Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been blitzing her way through the online petition site change.org to solicit support for her draft national policy for women. After a personalised letter to all those on the site's email list, she sent out another personalised letter today to thank signatories for support, and for  'out of the box' suggestions sent for the policy document.The only snag is several  recipients of her email had not signed any petition, nor sent any recommendations nor supported the policy document, leave alone sending 'out of the box' suggestions.                                             

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