News Post: January 13, 2013

  • A fact finding team of the Press Council of India has claimed that there were rampant instances of paid news during the recently concluded Gujarat State Election. The news reports indicate that the formal report is still being finalized, and will be submitted to the Election Commission of India upon completion.
  • In light of the approaching general elections in 2014 the Press Council of India has taken suo motu cognizance of the issue of paid news. It had constituted a committee to draft fresh guidelines for journalists and media organization (see here and here).
  • On January 8, the magistrate currently hearing the trial of the 5 accused in the Delhi gang rape case has ordered an in camera trial, citing security reasons. Journalists have approached the Delhi High Court against this order, claiming their fundamental right to report on these judicial proceedings. The High Court has issued notice to the relevant police authorities and stated that a delicate balance between a fair trial and free speech rights, would have to be struck in this case (see here and here).
  • The Government is proposing that all electronic hardware be accompanied with a security manual, in order to improve cyber security.

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