GD Topic: Right to Speech and Ethics of Journalism

 | September 26,2011 02:32 pm IST

According to Wikipedia, the ethics of journalism is one of the most well-defined branches of media ethics, primarily because it is frequently taught in schools of journalism. Journalistic ethics tends to dominate media ethics, sometimes almost to the exclusion of other areas.


Wikipedia explains Freedom of Speech in India as—the Indian constitution guarantees freedom of speech to every citizen and there have been landmark cases in the Indian Supreme Court that have affirmed the nation's policy of allowing free press and freedom of expression to every citizen. In India, citizens are free to criticize politics, politicians, bureaucracy and policies.


Do you think that Indian Media often misuses freedom of speech as a fundamental right?
Have you come across any such instance recently?




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divya on 09/26/11 at 02:58 pm

it is true that media sometimes misuses its powers. i came across a very sad review of iim bangalore student's facebook and twitter accounts, who last week committed suicide due to a personal matter. it really left me wondering how can somebody carry a review on someone's death...

sweetshalini on 09/27/11 at 06:37 pm

I think in a country like India, where corruption has spread its roots like anything, a free press acts as a ray of hope. we should not forget that it was media who made the huge anti corruption movement of anna hazare even bigger.

Aashi on 09/27/11 at 06:45 pm

That's true. Media really plays important role. But today media channels only want to increase their TRP nothing else. They do not like to cover social problems. In few cases they are doing good like against corruption as Shalini has mentioned.

In IIM Bangalore's student case some media sites had mentioned about her social networking profiles, is that much important? and can any body guess someone's mental condition with a review of social profile pages?

pradepae on 10/06/11 at 09:19 pm


hhh on 11/26/11 at 09:07 pm

yes its said that media is 4th pillar of democracy and media has helped to mke people aware of many issues like jessica murder case which was then considered by the court,even anna hazare campaign was a success due to media.
But many of the media agencies are this pillar and changing they want to portray issues to people which should be avoided .Ethics is what should be followed by them ,so that people in future doesnt look at them in the sAME WAY AS THEY LOOK AT THE POLITICIANS