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AuthorMinattur, Joseph. author
TitleFreedom of the Press in India [electronic resource] : Constitutional Provisions and Their Application / by Joseph Minattur
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1961
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Descript XIV, 136 p. 1 illus. online resource


This study is intended to present to the reader the main provisions of law affecting freedom of the press in India. It is specially concerned with examining how far freedom of the press obtains in free India. I t is proposed to discuss constitutional provisions and their application through various legislative measures with a view to seeing whether these provisions are sufficiently protective of this freedom. The introยญ ductory chapter attempts to indicate what is meant by freedom of the press. In the first chapter constitutional provisions are set out and discussed. The next five chapters deal, in the main, with statutory provisions relating to this freedom. The concluding chapter purports to make certain suggestions in relation to repeal or amendment of a few of these provisions. It may be mentioned that this study deals only with freedom of the press in normal times. The subject of civil liberties in India during a period of emergency has been dealt with in the present writer's doctoral thesis, Emergency Powers in the $tates of Southern Asia (London Uniยญ versity, 1959) In the preparation of this study, I have benefited from the guidance and encouragement given by several persons and the assistance and facilities provided by various institutions. I wish to express my thanks to all of them


(i) Freedom of the Press -- (ii) Judicial opinions in India -- (iii) Judicial opinions in the United States -- (iv) Further judicial opinions in India -- I. Constitutional Provisions -- (i) Guarantee of freedom of expression -- (ii) Reasonableness of restrictions -- (iii) Prior restraints -- II. Sedition and Related Offences -- (i) The law of sedition in India -- (ii) Promoting feelings of enmity between different classes -- (iii) The Official Secrets Act, 1923 -- (iv) Endangering friendly relations with foreign states -- III. Public Order and Incitement to an Offence -- (i) Public order -- (ii) Incitement to an offence -- IV. Obscenity -- (i) What is obscene? -- (ii) Statutory provisions -- (d) The Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act -- (iii) Problems of application -- V. Contempt of Court and of Legislature -- (i) The law of contempt of Court -- (ii) Constitutional provisions -- (iii) Statutory provisions -- (iv) Procedure in contempt cases -- (v) Contempt of legislature -- VI. Defamation -- (i) Introductory remarks -- (ii) Civil liability -- (iii) Criminal liability -- (iv) Defamation of public servants -- (v) Suggested changes in the law of defamation -- VII. Conclusion -- (i) Article 19(2) of the Constitution -- (ii) The Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 -- (iii) Section 124A of the Penal Code -- (iv) Section 292 of the Penal Code -- (v) Section 295A of the Penal Code -- (vi) Contempt of Court -- (vii) Contempt of legislature

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