Media plays a vital role in moulding the opinion of the society and it is capable of changing the whole viewpoint through which people perceive various events. Heinous crimes must be condemned and the media would be justified in calling for the perpetrators to be punished in accordance with the law. However, the media cannot usurp the functions of the judiciary and deviate from objective and unbiased reporting. While a media shackled by government regulations is unhealthy for democracy, the implications of continued unaccountability are even more damaging. Steps need to be taken in order to prevent media trials from eroding the civil rights of citizens, whereby the media have a clearer definition of their rights and duties, and the courts are given the power to punish those who flagrantly disregard them.
Shabnam Saidalavi, School of Legal Studies, Cochin Editor’s note: Freedom of expression is a fundamental right that goes to the very heart of individual identity and collective interaction. Freedom of the media has been a contentious issue, especially when it involves scrutinizing a free trial. This paper examines the past and […]
Prakhar Maheshwari, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Editor’s note: A uniform civil code was introduced in 1859, prior to which there existed several codes overlapping in the same areas. This code was revised, formulated and executed multiple times. However, a need is now felt in today’s time to […]
By Swati Duggal, Punjab University Editor’s Note: Fair trial is an integral part of Article 21 of the Constitution and rests on the basic principle of presumption of innocence. The research paper focuses on the concept of fair trial in India. International instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, […]