Judiciary and Media

Anjali Mukul Gadgil v.State of Goa

IN Judgements Database | 2018-08-01

  Anjali Mukul Gadgil v.State of Goa The High Court of Bombay Citation Unavailable Media Involved: Daily Periodical Decided on: 08.02.2007   N.A. Britto, J.   1. This petition is by the complainant in C. C. No. 49/P/05/D and assails the Order dated 12-4-2006 of the learned Additional Sessions Judge, Panaji, by which the learned Additional Sessions Judge has..


Judges push back against gag orders

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |20/02/2018

After a spate of court orders gagging the media, two judges buck the trend in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Pachauri cases

 

A good year in the courts for free speech

BY SEVANTI NINAN, RAHUL BHATNAGAR, SHILPI GOYAL| IN JUDGEMENTS |03/01/2018

It’s been win some, lose some but some of the more significant rulings have been in favour of media freedom,

 

The glacial pace of delivering defamation rulings

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |30/09/2017

In two cases involving CNN IBN-Cobrapost and the ToI, the judiciary took 10 and 20 years respectively to decide cases of civil and criminal defamation.

 

Now SC says Wage Board pay for contract employees too!

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/06/2017

Although the judgment has declined to find newspaper managements guilty of contempt, it has settled 4 questions of law which will have far reaching

implications for journalists and newspapers in India.

 

Reporting on FIRs is immune to defamatory lawsuits

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |31/05/2017

Justice Endlaw fell back on a far-reaching principle rather than jurisdiction to dismiss the case before him,

 

Orissa High Court muzzles the media

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/03/2017

It falls for the specious arguments put forward for a media gag by three lawyers accused of sexual harassment.

 

Mid-Day vindicated by Supreme Court ruling

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |16/01/2017

But the case shows how contempt is misused by the courts to crush critical reports quickly while the final ruling takes years to come.

 

Free speech in the courts: legal outcomes in 2016

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/12/2016

Sedition, defamation, censorship, internet shutdowns—the year saw the courts being tested on a range of freedom of expression issues.

 

The Express and Anon

BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |30/09/2016

The Indian Express’ tendency to rely on anonymous sources has surfaced again, this time in a ‘nudge, nudge, wink wink’ piece on Justice Chelameshwar..

 

Free speech verdicts good, logic bad

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |25/07/2016

In their Udta Punjab and Perumal Murugan rulings, the courts missed an opportunity to lay down some fundamental principles,

 

Defamation lawsuits that drag on and on

IN JUDGEMENTS |21/06/2016

Twenty-two years…18 years…that is how long the courts take to settle defamation cases which are becoming increasingly routine and frivolous.

 

Zee TV fined Rs 20 lakh in CP shootout case

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/04/2016

Three policemen guilty of killing two innocent persons in 1997 sued Zee for defamation. They have won. Is this a flawed judgement

 

Delaying defamation verdicts defers justice

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |06/02/2016

The Star News and IBN7 cases show how the courts are failing to hold the media to account.

 

Awful reasoning and tortuous verbosity

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |17/05/2016

The central flaw in Justice Dipak Misra’s criminal defamation ruling is equating right to reputation with right to free speech as a fundamental right.

 

Seeking legitimacy for hate speech

BY PADMAJA SHAW| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/11/2015

The outcome of Subramanian Swamy’s case is going to be important for the future of both free speech and hate speech in India.

 

Sexual harassment: setting legal precedents

BY THE HOOT| IN JUDGEMENTS |03/11/2015

DOCUMENTATION---On October 14 and 30, two judges in Goa have given separate judgements in complaints filed by 3 journalists.

 

Courts bat for press freedom on defamation

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |03/05/2015

By and large, the courts have backed journalists against charges of criminal defamation by government and public figures over the past year. A World Press Freedom Day special.

 

How the media helped scuttle Gopal Subramaniam's appointment

BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/06/2014

The truly astonishing aspect of this episode is the fact that the Central Government achieved its goal without having a single one of its ministers or bureaucrats speak on the record.

 

Justice Srikrishna’s secret note

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |01/04/2011

High Court indicts Former SC Judge’s Report - Part I: In the report of a panel set up by the government he had suggested that the media should be managed to frustrate the goals of pro-Telangana agitators.

 

High Court indicts Former SC Judge’s Report Part II

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |01/04/2011

While the need for honest and unbiased reporting by the media has grown, concentration of its ownership in the hands of the powerful is having the opposite effect,

 

No material to show disharmony or enmity: James Laine book

IN JUDGEMENTS |01/08/2010

The Maharashtra government has not shown any evidence that the publication of the book would foment enmity,

 

Freedom of expression important, yet ban is justified

IN JUDGEMENTS |15/07/2010

The Bombay High Court justified a ban on the book, "Islam – A concept of Political World Invasion”

 

The Constitution and the press

BY Lawrence Liang| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |03/06/2010

The first real strain on the seamless fabric of the constitution and on press freedom emerged in the context of three decisions, one by the Patna High Court and two by the Supreme Court.

 

Because the collegium is supreme

BY A correspondent| IN LAW AND POLICY |03/04/2010

In one more contempt case, a high court chief justice grills a newspaper for exposing a judge’s background.

 

Public interest validates media trial

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2009

The apex court has respectfully distanced itself from interfering with the free expression of the media by rejecting the plea to lay down guidelines for sting operations.

 

Media, judiciary barriers crumble

BY IANS| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |30/03/2008

Fifteen apex court judges participated in a workshop attended by over 100 court reporters from all over the country.

 

Ignoring judicial corruption in Gujarat?

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/07/2008

It is a mystery why neither the national nor regional media followed up on detailed exposes of the chief justice and some of his fellow judges, published by a Gujarati weekly in the state.

 

Media meddling with justice?

BY S R Ramanujan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/09/2006

The Law Commission wants the High Court to direct print and electronic media to postpone publication or telecast pertaining to a criminal case.

 

Apex court warns against øtrial by mediaø

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/02/2005

"We deprecate this practice and caution the publisher, editor and the journalist who are responsible for the said articles against indulging in such trial by media when the issue is subjudice."

 

The seer and the media verdict

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/01/2005

The increasing ubiquity of TV and print media poses a constant challenge to the judiciary in negotiating the tight rope of administering justice.

 

Court allows Indian Express appeal against Patkar

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/01/2005

The Delhi High Court Thursday dismissed a lower court’s order that had restored a criminal defamation complaint filed by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar against the Indian Express in 2000.

 

Why Navakaal was charged with contempt of court

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/11/2003

The issue here goes beyond freedom of the press and the image of the judiciary. It concerns the effect a newspaper has on relations between the majority and minority communities

 

Second Line Of Judiciary?

BY Dasu Krishnamoorty| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/01/2003

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