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Indian SC: Media must fully enjoy freedom of speech and express

  • Published at 10:51 am January 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:10 pm January 10th, 2018
Indian SC: Media must fully enjoy freedom of speech and express
The Indian Supreme Court has called for freedom of expression of journalists even if there is some “wrong reporting.” A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday refused to revive a 2011 defamation case against senior journalists Rajdeep Sardesai and Raghav Bahl. The court dismissed an appeal filed by former Bihar MLA Rahmat Fatima Amanullah against a Patna High Court order, reports the Asian Age. The court told the counsel that freedom of expression by journalists must be allowed.  It added saying there may be some wrong reporting but it should not be held on to it forever. According to the report, the Patna High Court quashed defamation cases against the journalists of Hindi television channel IBN-7 in September, 2017. The petitioner had accused the television channel of running a story without verifying facts to increase its Television Rating Point (TRP). The complainant alleged that on July 18, 2011, IBN-7 aired a news report regarding a scam in the allotment of BIADA land. Rahmat, who claimed to be the daughter of a senior bureaucrat, and that her mother was a minister in the Bihar government, accused the channel of making scandalous and defamatory remarks against her and her parents. In the petition, she had said the channel did not exercise care, caution and honesty in its reporting and defamed her family.