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3) Is the Right of Press to provide the information or opinion encroaching upon the privacy of an individual?  should it not be restricted only to foster public interest and not to infringe upon privacy of individual. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

3) Is the Right of Press to provide the information or opinion encroaching upon the privacy of an individual?  should it not be restricted only to foster public interest and not to infringe upon privacy of individual. Discuss. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is in the context of tension between the freedom of expression and the right to privacy as examined with particular attention to media in India. Freedom of Press is integral part of the freedom of expression. Infant print media has grown up as a youth with tremendous dimensions viz, electronic media.

 

Key demand of the question:

The answer must crucially highlight that freedom of speech and expression assured to media has to be exercised subject to the degree to which private information is exposed and therefore it depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time.

 

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

 

Structure of the answer

 

Introduction:

Briefly bring out the role of Media/Press and  its significance.

Body:

The purpose of the answer must be to understand whether media is functioning within its arena of Constitution; freedom of speech and expression properly, examine whether the internal norms to regulate media are virtually followed, should there be outer checks on media freedom or it is against the democratic principle of freedom of speech and expression. Further, analyze the limitation on people’s right to know and how far appropriate.

In the environment of scattered statutory provisions for privacy protection, limitations of law declared by the judiciary on privacy and the modern days threat to privacy, one must highlight the need for comprehensive and effective law for the protection of privacy in India.

Conclusion –

Conclude with what needs to be done, how can a balance be struck between the two.

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