After more than 2 hours of debate, the House of Lords today voted to accept Lord Puttnam’s amendments to the Defamation Bill to insert provisions for a statutory “Recognition Commission” into the Defamation Bill. The Government was defeated by the surprisingly wider margin of 272 votes to 141. Continue reading
India has its own fierce debate about media regulation. Arghya Sengupta discusses how the shadow of the 1970s “Emergency” hangs over proposed steps from failed self-regulation to statutory regulation.
Lord Justice Leveson’s widely anticipated report on the British press is of considerable interest in India, where a feisty discussion on regulating an increasingly powerful print and broadcasting media has been brewing for the past year. The outspoken Chairman of the Press Council of India Markandey Katju has declared the futility of self-regulation with the words, ‘self-regulation is no regulation at all’. Continue reading