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A Text Book of Media Laws An Advance Resource Book


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The media is the Fourth Pillor of a democratic system, the legislature, executive and judiciary being the other three. While legislature prepares the law for the society and the executive takes steps for implementing them, the third one is the judiciary, which has to ensure legality of all actions and decisions. The Fourth is the Media. Media has to operate within the framework of these statutes and constitutional provision to act in public and national interest. This is indicative of the fact that no body is above low. When the Constitution of India guaranteed freedom of expression and speech to its citizens, it ensured that the freedom was not absolute and any expression, by way of words, speech or visual medium, did not violate any statutory provisions enacted by legislature and executed by the executive. If the media exceeded its jurisdiction, the law came forward to ensure equality before law.
The subject Media and law is essential to the students from Media faculty. On the contrary it is presumed that law is well Known to Media Persons. It is necessary for everybody to learn and know latest changes in the Media laws. In this book all related Laws are covered by the author. This book is good & potential for the fulfillment of the demand of today’s greater Media responsibility and is very useful for the students of Media Faculty, General Readers and for a Common man.


Foreword v
Preface vii
Acknowledgement ix
1. Constitution of India 1
2. Freedom of Speech and Expression Special Effect to Media 31
3. Media and Defamation 40
4. The Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 45
5. Indian Copyright Act, 1957 70
6. The Official Secrets Act, 1923 124
7. The Right to Information Act, 2005 135
8. Working Journalists & other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 166
9. Press Council of India 177
10. The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 236
11. Wage Boards 246
12. The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990 263
13. Parliamentary Privileges 282
14. Information Technology (Amended) Act, 2008 297
Index 355