India: Intermediary liability regime, a historic opportunity missed by the Supreme Court – J Sai Deepak

13 05 2015

India Supreme-Court1Ever since the pronouncement of the judgment by the Supreme Court [pdf] on March 24, 2015 in what I prefer to call the “IT Writ Petitions” (since they went beyond Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000), a lot has been written on mainstream and alternative forums on the striking down of Section 66A (see this Inforrm post). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, India: Shreya Singhal v Union of India: Law on offensive communications ruled unconstitutional – Jonathan McCully

3 04 2015

SupremeCourtIndia1On 24 March 2015, the Supreme Court of India ruled on the constitutionality of various provisions in India’s Information Technology Act 2000 in Shreya Singhal v Union of India W.P. (Crim.) No 167 of 2012. Most notably, the Supreme Court held that India’s law on offensive communications was unconstitutional as it was liable to be used in a way that would unnecessarily curb freedom of speech and expression. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni granted surprising defamation injunction

20 03 2014

M S DhoniOn Tuesday 18 March 2014, the Madras High Court granted the captain of the Indian cricket team, M S Dhoni, a surprising interim defamation injunction to restrain the publication of match fixing allegations. Read the rest of this entry »





Indian media face growing calls for regulation – Sumit Galhotra

19 06 2013

imagesThe rapid growth of revenue-hungry Indian media and recent scandals involving news outlets have prompted growing calls for external regulation, raising concerns about independence of the press. In May 2013, a parliamentary committee argued for the creation of a statutory body to control the print and electronic media. Read the rest of this entry »





Does India need its Leveson? – Arghya Sengupta

5 02 2013

RTR20GEN-620x438India has its own fierce debate about media regulation. Arghya Sengupta discusses how the shadow of the 1970s “Emergency” hangs over proposed steps from failed self-regulation to statutory regulation.

Lord Justice Leveson’s widely anticipated report on the British press is of considerable interest in India, where a feisty discussion on regulating an increasingly powerful print and broadcasting media has been brewing for the past year. The outspoken Chairman of the Press Council of India Markandey Katju has declared the futility of self-regulation with the words, ‘self-regulation is no regulation at all’. Read the rest of this entry »





News from India: Allegations of Bribery, Libel, the Army and the Constitution

27 05 2012

A remarkable defamation case has been before the courts in India over the past few months.  Criminal and constitutional proceedings have been brought by  retired Lt Gen. Tejinder Singh (pictured) a former director general of Defence Intelligence Agency against the Army Chief of Staff, General V K Singh and four others over a press release making an allegations of bribery against him.  The criminal proceedings are continuing but the constitutional proceedings were not successful. Read the rest of this entry »





Disclosure of Politicians’ Tax Returns and Freedom of Expression: drawing on the Indian experience – Hugh Tomlinson QC

11 04 2012

The disclosure by the London Mayoral candidates of their tax returns has led to a wider debate about tax disclosure by politicians.  The Chancellor, George Osborne, has said he would be “very happy” for the government to consider publishing the personal tax returns of senior cabinet ministers.  The Prime Minister has said he is “very relaxed” about publishing his tax returns and believes the “time is coming” for politicians to be more open about their personal finances. Read the rest of this entry »








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