Limits on media reports of ongoing court proceedings

By Leoni Mahanta, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Trial by media is a phrase that is often associated with the impact that media reporting of court cases – particularly criminal cases – has on public perceptions.

The media are often lauded for their positive role in drawing public attention and ire to an imminent miscarriage of justice.

Responding to the public interest in issues of injustice, the media often raise questions and mobilize support for just causes. At such times, the influence of the media is hailed as a victory for democracy in the country and the useful exercise of the right of free speech granted by India’s constitution.

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Leoni Mahanta is an associate at Lall Lahiri & Salhotra, which is an IP boutique based in Gurgaon.


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