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Law of the Press

Law of the Press

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It is proud privilege to present the fifth edition of a unique work by one of the greatest legal minds the country has produced. This work focuses on the press, the so called ‘fourth estate’, increasingly acknowledged as one of the most powerful institutions of the modern world. The law of the Press explains and analyzes the philosophical and constitutional principles relating to the freedom of the press, their historical development, as well as current day statutory provisions and case law. It also explores the duties of the press and the legitimate limitations to freedom of the press. This edition examines various unresolved contemporary issues, including the scope of the law of contempt of court, the conflict between press freedom and the right to privacy, the phenomena described as ‘trial by media’, and ‘paid news’. Though the book is primarily based on the law in India, it retains the comparative law style developed by Acharya Durga Das Basu and discusses developments in Europe, the USA and other countries as well.
•   Comprehensive in its coverage, the book
•    Challenges facing the press today
•    Constitutional limitations of the freedom of expression
•    The relationship between the judiciary and the press
•    The significance and development of the common law
•    The status and liabilities of the press as an establishment as well as those of journalists, editors,
      publishers, and printers individually.
•    The glorious history of the struggle for establishing the citizen’s right to know the truth about the
      working and activities of the executive
The book also contains various Acts with their texts, full annotation and citation of cses. The book offers not only those statutes which are directed specifically at the Press, such as the Press and Registration of Books Act,the Working Journalsts (Conditions of Service) Act, the Press Council Act, but also generallaws relating to Defamation, Contempt of Court, Copyright, Privileges of Parliament, the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, in so far as they affect the Press.
This book is an essential reference work for all in the profession of journalism, lawyers, the judiciary, students of journalism, law, and political science, newspaper owners, as well as, social comenttors and activitists.
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Contents
Part One - General Principles

1.    Introductory
2.    Freedom of the Press
3.    Constitutional Foundation of Freedom of the Press in India
4.    Need For Limitations on Freedom of the Press.
5.    Constitutional Exceptions to Freedom of the Press
6.    The Press as Business
7.    The Press as Property
8.    The Press and the Legislature
9.    Rights, Privileges and Liabilities of the Press
10.  Rights, Duties and Liabilities of Proprietor, Printer, Publisher, Editor, Author,
       Journalist, Contributor, Vendor
Part Two – Appendices
Part 1 - General Principles
1. Introductory
2. Freedom of the Press
3. Constitutional Foundation of Freedom of the Press in India
4. Need For Limitations on Freedom of the Press.
5. Constitutional Exceptions to Freedom of the Press
6. The Press as Business
7. The Press as Property
8. The Press and the Legislature
9. Rights, Privileges and Liabilities of the Press
10. Rights, Duties and Liabilities of Proprietor, Printer, Publisher, Editor, Author, Journalist, Contributor, Vendor
Part Two – Appendices
I. History of Press Legislation in India
APPENDIX
II. Indian Penal Code, 1860
III. Civil Law of Defamation
IV. Punjab Special Powers (Press) Act, 1956
V. The Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867
VI. The Dramatic Performances Act, 1876
VII. The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
VIII. Indian Post Office Act, 1898
IX. The Police (Incitement to Disaffection) Act, 1922
X. Official Secrets Act, 1923
XI. The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use Act, 1950
XII. The State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper use) Act, 2005
XIII. The State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, 2007
XIV. Representation of the People Act, 1951
XV. The Delivery of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act, 1954
XVI The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954
XVII. The Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955
XVIII. The Prize Competitions Act, 1955
XIX. Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
XX. The Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, 1956
XXI. The Copyright Act, 1957
XXII. Copy Right Rules, 1958
XXIII. The International Copyright Order, 1999
XXIV. Children Act, 1960
XXV. Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961
XXVI. Atomic Energy Act, 1962
XXVII. Customs Act, 1962
XXVIII. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
XXIX. The Civil Defence Act, 1968
XXX. The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971
XXXI. Criminal Procedure Code, 1973
XXXII. The Press Council Act, 1978
XXXIII. The Press Council (Procedure for Inquiry) Regulations, 1979
XXXIV. The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes
(Banning) Act, 1978
XXXV. National Security Act, 1980
XXXVI. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986
XXXVII. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Rules, 1987
XXXVIII. Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987
XXXIX. The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990
XL. The sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 1993
XLI. The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993
XLII. The Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994
XLIII. The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995
XLIV. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997
XLV. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnections Regulations, 2004
XLVI. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Access to Information) Regulations, 2005
XLVII. The Telecom Consumers Protection and Redressal of Grievances Regulations, 2007
XLVIII. Some Labour Laws Applicable to the Press
XLIX. The Constitution of India
L. Official Secrets Act, 1989 (U.K.)
LI. The Newspaper (Price and Page) Act, 1956
LII. The Newspapers (Incitement to Offences) Act, 1908
LIII. The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999
LIV. The Parliamentary Proceedings (Protection of Publication) Act, 1977
LV. Rules to Regulate Proceedings for Contempt of the Supreme Court, 1975
LVI. The Prevention of Seditious Meetings Act, 1911
LVII. The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971
LVIII. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000
LIX. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007
LX. The Right to Information Act, 2005
LXI. The Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations, 2007
LXII. The Communication Convergence Bill, 2001
LXIII Information Technology Act, 2000
LXIV. The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002
Subject-Index
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Author Details
Acharya Dr. Durga Das Basu
, M.A., LL.D. (Cal.); D. Litt.(Cal. Burd.); Rabindrabharti; Kalyani); Saraswati, Vachaspati, Vidyavaridhi, Nyayaratnakara, Neetibhaskara, Nyayabharati, Manava Ratna. Honorary Professor, Banaras Hindu University; Retired Judge, High Court, Calcutta; Formerly Member, Union Law Commission; Tagore Law Professor, Asutosh Memorial Lecturer. Calcutta University; Recipient, National Award, Padmabhushan (1985); National Research Professor of India (1986); National Citizen's Award (1991); Honorary Fellow, Asiatic Society, Calcutta (1994).
Forth Edition Revised by
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhagabati Prosad Banerjee, Judge (Retired) High Court, Calcutta
Vepa P. Sarathi, Senior Advocate
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