Media Law and Policy


This section covers all the topics related to media law and policy. Media law is a diverse area that covers everything from television, music, theatre, radio, print media, multimedia, advertising and more. It requires knowledge of contract and intellectual property law, focusing mainly on rights over original contents, combined with a practical understanding of how the media industry is financed and regulated. But it can also extend to cover issues of principle, such as free speech, privacy and reputation. Each week, we will come out with interesting reads for our readers. 

Celebrity Privacy

01 January 2013    Author: Aishani Gupta

The right to privacy has been viewed across jurisdictions as fundamental. The Supreme Court has held that this right comes within the contours of the right to life as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

The nature of the right to privacy is not in question in this note, I begin therefore, from a subsequent...

Do we need a privileged status for journalist's sources

04 February 2013    Author: Devna Arora

The press performs the vital function of keeping the public informed. Reliance is placed by journalists on confidential sources for such information. This comment analyzes whether a reporter can be directed in the interest of justice to disclose the source of information or should he further claim journalistic privilege as a...

Surrogate Advertising

22 March 2013    Author: Akshat Razdan

Surrogate Advertising is that form of advertising which is resorted to market such goods and services which are not permitted to be advertised directly under the law. Common examples of such products include Alcohol, Cigarettes and Tobacco. These high revenue generating products however, have to be marketed in the garb of...

Freedom of Press

13 May 2013    Author: Arjun Kant

 “One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand the popular feeling and give expression to it, another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments, and the third is the fearlessness to expose popular defects.” 


: Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom of press or media is the freedom of communication and expression...

Creative Freedom vis.-a-vis. Religious Sentiments

15 May 2013    Author: Roshan John

Oscar Wilde has very well said that art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Religion has always ruffled sentiments, and freedom has always raised questions. Whether it was the late artist M F Hussain, author Salman Rushdie or film maker & actor Kamal Haasan, creative, free thinking individuals...

Legality of Sting Operations

18 May 2013    Author: Roshan John

Every citizen strives for a corruption free society and must expose corruption whenever it comes to his knowledge. He shall also try to remove corruption at all levels of the State administration for better management of the State. The Delhi High Court recently in the case of Aniruddha Bahal v. State held that conducting a...

Censorship in India, the truth

19 May 2013    Author: Arjun Kant

"Censorship is when a work of art expressing an idea which does not fall under current convention is seized, cut up, withdrawn, impounded, ignored, maligned, or otherwise made inaccessible to its audience."

— Ritu Menon, for Women’s World Organisation for Rights,
Literature, and Development 

The suppression or control of...

Trial by Media

30 June 2013    Author: Santrupt Satapathy

In a country like India where Article 19(1) of the Constitution itself remains an important aspect for widespread engagement within a democratic atmosphere, media is considered to be one of the freest bodies in terms of legal constraints. Freedom of speech and expression incorporated in the Constitution has been supporting...

Cyberspace is the epitome of the transnational.

09 November 2013    Author: Smitha HS

INTRODUCTION

The Internet is among the few things humans have built that they don't really understand is a statement made by Google Inc., executive chairman Eric Schmidt in his new book released in 2013. Over the last two decades the Internet or the worldwide web or the cyberspace has acquired its quotidian nature breaking...