A Text Book of Media Laws : An Advance Resource Book

Deepak M Shinde, Standard Publishers, 2011, xii, 368 p, ISBN : 9788187471622, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Text Book of Media Laws : An Advance Resource Book

Contents: Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgement. 1. Constitution of India. 2. Freedom of Speech and Expression Special Effect to Media. 3. Media and defamation. 4. The press and registration of Books Act, 1867. 5. Indian copyright Act, 1957. 6. The official secrets Act, 1923. 7. The right to information Act, 2005. 8. Working journalists and other newspaper employees (Conditions of service) and miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955. 9. Press Council of India. 10.The contempt of courts Act, 1971. 11. Wage Boards. 12. The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990. 13. Parliamentary Privileges. 14. Information Technology (Amended) Act, 008. Index.

The media is the Fourth Pillar of a democratic system, the legislature, executive and Judiciary being the other three. While legislature prepares the law for the society and the executive takes steps for implementing them, the third one is the judiciary, which has to ensure legality of all actions and decisions. The Fourth is the Media. Media has to operate within the framework of these statutes and constitutional provision to act in public and national interest. This is indicative of the fact that no body is above low. When the constitution of India guaranteed freedom of expression and speech to its citizens, it ensured that the freedom was not absolute and any expression, by way of words, speech or visual medium, did not violate any statutory provisions enacted by legislature and executed by the executive. If the media exceeded its jurisdiction, the law came forward to ensure equality before law.

The subjects Media and law is essential to the students from Media faculty. On the contrary it is presumed that law is well known to Media Persons. It is necessary for everybody to learn and know latest changes in the Media laws. In this book all related Laws are covered by the author. This book is good and potential for the fulfillment of the demand of today’s greater media responsibility and is very useful for the student of Media Faculty, General Readers and for a Common man.

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