No right to criticize

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/08/2017

An additional district judge in Delhi ruled last week that the press does not have any exclusive right or special privilege to comment, "criticise or make imputations or allegations which are sufficient to ruin a citizen’s reputation".   PTI reports  that the court’s order came as it restrained the managing editor of a magazine from publishing any libelous articles against a man who has alleged that he was defamed. It also directed the magazine editor and another person to pay Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively to the man as “symbolic damages”.  Since PTI never names media outlets in its stories, we do not know which magazine this is.                                  

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An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India has estimated a subscription loss of Rs 970 crore and a loss of advertising revenue to the extent of Rs 245 crore since 2007 because of DD’s practice. The court has limited DD’s telecast of matches to its terrestrial network  and its Freedish. (Daily Post)                                                            

Sometimes the police balk at registering a case against a politician. Sometimes they register it and tell journalists at the same time that the allegations are baseless. Which makes you wonder with how much conviction the case will be investigated. HT reports that the Karnal police booked BJP MLA Bakshish Singh Virk and some 200 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist in Assandh.  The DSP told a reporter that an FIR had been registered but the case seemed politically motivated and without basis.                               

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