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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Constitution Protects Journalists' Sources *

Constitution Protects Journalists' Sources *

(p.xxxix) 5 Constitution Protects Journalists' Sources*

A.G. Noorani

Oxford University Press

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

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