Right to information and media law


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Right to information and media law

  1. 1. National Seminar Right to Information: Perception, Perspective & Promotion Rajiv Gandhi National Law University Theme: Right to Information and Media LawThe enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is a historic movement. Itreplaces the culture of concealment and control with honesty and involvement.But the legal framework in this field so far has upshot a little change. Is thisanother law that promises much, but offers little?RTI is a process to secure access to information and setting out unacceptablemeans in order to promote transparency and accountability in governance.The media is looked upon as the fourth estate and the freedom of media isnecessary for a democratic state. The Press Council of India works to regulate theethics of the print media and to protect freedom of the press.Under section 19(1) (a) of the Indian constitution, the citizens of India have beengiven the right to freedom of speech and expression. But without this information,this right is curtailed. Evaluation of the public authorities and the governance isimpossible without accurate, updated and prime knowledge. The judiciary has theContempt of Court provisions and the legislature have the parliamentaryprivileges. It is impossible for the journalist to go into the depth of any matterproperly under these limitations.The media world has spread out, thus widening the outlook. Subsequently, thelaws governing them are also numerous. It is not within the scope of this paper todeal with the whole subject of media laws, but this section makes a person awareof the various important legislations involving the diverse branches of MediaCommunication, making him aware of his rights and assisting him to use themwithin the framework of law existing in India and at last furthering the causeof “Freedom Of Speech And Expression” and “Transmission of Knowledge.”
  2. 2. Nowadays, with the legislation of the Right to Information, it has become aweapon for the common people and media as well. “If anyone could point out an intermediate and yet a tenable position between the complete independence and the entire subjection of the expression of public opinion, I should perhaps be inclined to adopt it; but the difficulty is to discover this position.” -DE TOCQUEVILLE
  3. 3. Authors Profile 1. DHRUV TRIPATHI B.A.LLB 2nd Year Contact: 8410160036 Email ID: dhruv28tripathi@gmail.com College: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Address: Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited 203, 2nd floor, Ocean Plaza P-5, Sector-18 Noida (U.P.) – 201301 2. BARKHA CHHABRA B.A.LLB 2nd Year Contact: 9454031847 Email ID: barkha.chhabra1@gmail.com College: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Address: P-14, Ras Bahar Colony, Shivpuri Road Jhansi (U.P.)-284003