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Constitution Protects Journalists' Sources<sup>*</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0005
Constitution Protects Journalists' Sources*

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This chapter considers laws protecting journalists and their sources in India. The press is protected by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution which guarantees the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. This, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled, covers freedom of the press. It would be impossible for the press to discharge this duty unless it is provided access to the sources of information. Several cases from the UK and US dealing with cases related to journalist's sources are examined. The chapter concludes that in India too legislation like the ‘shield laws’ used in some US states is needed to protect journalists.

Keywords: press freedom; journalist's source; freedom of expression; Article 19 (1)(a); Supreme Court; Constitution; Shield law

Chapter.  3111 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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