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Kashmir Media Policy: Accentuating the Curbs on the Freedom of Press

Journalists reporting from Kashmir have always worked under immense pressure, facing intimidation, assaults, and arrests. The latest media policy, announced by the Kashmir administration in May 2020, is a continuation of measures taken to curtail the free flow of information in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. Its larger aim is to make media a mere carrier of the “news” that the government intends to disseminate, and to prevent it from peddling “fake” news and indulging in “anti-national” activities.

Selling the Fourth Estate: How Free is Indian Media?

A reading list examining the state of freedom of press in contemporary times through EPW’s archives.

What Future for the Media in India?

India’s largest company now controls India’s largest media conglomerate. India’s media could therefore well be perceived to henceforth be a little less independent or, for that matter, trustworthy.

Supreme Court's Decision on Reporting of Proceedings

The media should not see the Supreme Court's recent decision on reporting of judicial proceedings as a staggering overreaction by the judiciary. It should instead build on the clarity that the Court has brought to the issue and cast itself as a participant in - rather than a victim of - orders aimed at striking a balance between the freedom of the press and the right of a litigant to a fair trial.

Opening a Window, Just

I ndia’s Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the Indian Language Press, 1977-99 , by Robin Jeffrey; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000; pp xviii + 234, Rs 545

Law of Libel in Pakistan

It is heartening to see the apex courts of India and Pakistan agreeing on an aspect of the law of defamation which affects the freedom of the press - that the press is free to comment on the conduct of a public figure and is not guilty of defamation unless the defendant proves malice.

A Tough Law for Other People's Crime

The state that has enacted a fresh law to control crime syndicates in Andhra Pradesh is not an innocent victim of such syndicates nor a beleaguered administration frustrated by mafia gangs beyond its control. It is itself a major patron and protector of a variety of crime syndicates, notwithstanding the air of injured innocence it puts on when asked to explain its latest legislative adventure.
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