Free Speech: An Indian's Perspective on Media Regulation
A basic fundamental need of any democratic state is the existence of a free and fair media. It is the job of the fourth estate to investigate and report on significant events, exposing that which is illegal, deceitful and corrupt. In a nation like India, if we acknowledge the existence of the right to freedom of expression, the question of media ethics come into play. Where does one draw the line of how far to go in the search of the news and whether the steps taken can always be justified by stating that need the of the masses to be informed supersedes personal interest. Journalism is flirting with the rough edges of voyeurism, but can imposing restrictions and curtailing the freedom of press be a solution? The role of law and policy does play a vital part in regulating reporting. I have made an attempt analyse the impact of the viability and justifications put forth for regulated journalism and whether they serve the society, in light of the various developments in Indian journalism like sting journalism.
Keywords: Media, Ethics, India, Freedom
National University of Juridical Sciences