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Police and court have no right to ask sources from journalists: Supreme Court


Jan 30, 2024

New Delhi (Geetkar Damodar Virmaal) There is good news for the journalists who write news quoting sources. The Supreme Court has once again targeted the police department and administrative officials fiercely. The bench of Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Dhananjay Yashwant Chandrachud has reminded the police of Articles 19 and 22 of the Indian Constitution. The Chief Justice said that, ‘Police cannot ask any journalist for sources for his news against the freedom of fundamental rights of journalists. Even the court cannot force them to do so. The Chief Justice said, ‘Nowadays it is being seen that cases are registered against journalists without any concrete evidence and without investigation. In its quest to become the best, the police is violating the freedom of journalists. Let us tell you that many cases of news based on sources have gone to court. The court has also ordered the journalists to reveal the sources of the news, but after this decision of the Chief Justice of India, there is excitement in the media world. For your information, let us tell you that in our country, journalists do not have rights through any special law. The right to freedom of expression for journalists, like other citizens, is available under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. Journalists have the right to keep their sources confidential under the Press Council of India Act 1978. It is clearly written in section 15 (2) that no one can force any journalist to know the source of the news, but the rules of the Press Council of India are not applicable in the court of law. On the basis of this, no exemption can be demanded in the court.

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