October 16, 2006

Media Freedom in the UK

Britain is moving towards a new state of vernacular freedom, after a ruling by the country's high court, which states that newspapers can use "public interest" against defamation if prosecuted.

While being a step in the right direction, the buzz word would be 'to act responsibly'. For if the newspaper fails to do so, they could print just about anything, and try to get away with it without being punished. It would be the responsibility of the judiciary to protect the citizens from something like that.

How far would be India from a similar ruling?
Very far, because cases for libel are still not the rule in our land, and also "public interest" is not a very well understood term.