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Media & the Law: Rights of Journalists

Jonathan Donnellan | BV Seetaram | Capt M K Tayal | Maqbool Sahil | Irengbam Arun | Abiruddha Bahal | Laxman Choudhury | K S Subramanian | Vibodh Parthasarathi | Praful Bidwai | Neeraj Bhushan | Shilvant Pachauri | Yuvraj Mohite | Dr E Rati | Anil Chamadia

Contents :
* The Responsibility of Freedom
* The Colonial Hangover
* Hell’s Dungeon
* Contempt of Court or Contempt for Truth
* Strange are the ways of Godmen
* Reporting in the times of conflict
* Walking on the Razor’s Edge

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The written word becomes a compulsory condition for any political system. It is accepted that law exists, but what it is, clearly is more dangerous to feel. The law is something of a strong weapon used by the system to induce psychological fear. The ruling class can declare that everything that it pronounces is law. Though our country has a written constitution and a democratic parliamentary system, still the legislative and the judiciary enjoy privilege over others, which is nothing but misuse of power.
I will substantiate my stand with instances. …

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Despite her frail frame, Dr E Rati Rao is a tough old lady. Tough enough to maintain her sanity and spirit in the wake of false charges such as sedition (which carries death penalty) and other draconian sections imposed upon her by the vindictive government of a political party whose leaders had once suffered and fought against the same draconian acts and false implications. But power not only corrupts, it also makes dishonest representatives contemptuous of democratic principles.
Dr Rao is no unprincipled political dealmaker, nor is she an environmental burglar …

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Thank you for giving me an opportunity to speak at this platform. I very sincerely believe that even if you are unable to protect at least protest. Here all the speakers I heard or the vibes I got makes me feel that they have been troubled by the judiciary, as if the judiciary is the villain and the media is God! It’s not like that. Both are hands in glove. You would have heard the famous stanza of Kishore Kumar “Jab majhi hi naao dubaye tab use kaun bachaye?”
Friends I …

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In a recent article by the editor of The Indian Express, he makes a frank confession, which is very rare for editors – especially those in the league of newspapers like Express, one of the most right-wing papers in the country today. He begins by saying that there are two groups of people who can figure out the changing public opinion very accurately. One is Bollywood, the commercial film industry, and the other is the political fraternity. The editor goes on to talk of films which exposed the media, showing …

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Recent debates on paid news have uncovered an important dimension, and discomforting consequence, of the commercialisation of news organisations. The process of commercialisation, and subsequent corporatisation of news unfolded most rapidly with the de-regulation of broadcast news in the late 90s, which led to a large number of regional, national and trans-national entities entering this territory. Looking back at the last decade, it is important to examine how truly de-regulated the broadcast news sphere has been; it is more important to examine under what conditions this domain was opened up, …

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