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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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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