Course Code
Arts & Communication
Department/ Centre
Programme Type/ Requirements
Course Features/ Requirements
Full Time, Core Course, Four Credits, Continuous Evaluation, Project Work

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine media law and ethics in the Indian context
  • Apply media laws in professional settings
  • Analyse the Indian media law system
  • Discuss issues pertaining to media rules and regulations
  • Critically examine and analyse media ethics cases
  • Formulate strategies for successful communication in the current context
Course Outline
  1. Freedom of Speech and Expression: Constitutional guarantees and restraints viz. Article 19(1) (a) and Article 19(2).
  2. Freedom of Press; Press as a Fourth Estate; Freedom of the Media in India – Constitution and Courts; Public and Private Media
  3.  Media Laws/Acts/Policies/Reports (An overview):
  • 1) Law of Defamation (Section 499-502 of IPC)
  • 2) Right to Information Act, 2002 (Official Secrets Act, 1923)
  • 3) Contempt of Court, 1971
  • 4) Copyright Act, 1957 (Amendment) Act 2012
  • 5) Information Technology Act, 2000 (relevant sections)
  • 6) Law of Obscenity (Section 292-294 of IPC); Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act,
    1986 (Amendments 2012)
  • 7) Parliamentary Proceedings and Privileges: Law of Parliamentary privileges (Article 105 (3) and 194 (3); Parliamentary Proceedings (Protection of Publication) Act, 1977 (Article 361-A)
  • 8) Press Commissions of India
  • 9) Press Council of India; Press Council Act. 1978
  • 10) Broadcasting Policy/Law in India
  1. Introduction to Media Ethics:
  2. Work ethic, Professional integrity; Responsibility and Accountability towards government, citizen, employer and self.
  3. Supportive and adversarial role of a journalist/media person/as a commentator, educator, reflector and communicator; Code of conduct for journalists: Self-regulation.
  4. Ethical Issues in News/Media Coverage:
    1. Conflict of Interest (e.g. Political, Corporate, Covering Corruption and Corruption in the media)
    2. Truth-Telling, Objectivity (Bias) and Accuracy
    3. Covering Crime stories
    4. Journalists and their Sources
    5. Accountability and Credibility (Trial by media)
    6. Sensationalism and ‘Outrage’ Journalism
    7. Privacy and Minimising Harm (Sting Operations)
    8. Paid News and Cheque book Journalism
    9. Covering discourse on communalism
  5. Ethical Issues in Entertainment
    1. Violence
    2. Offensive Material and Censorship
    3. Infotainment
    4. Piracy
  6. Photojournalism: An Ethical Approach
  7. Ethics of New Media
  8. Ethical Issues in Advertising [Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)]
    1. Puffery
    2. Stereotyping
    3. Special Audiences
    4. Public Relations
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Assessment Criteria

Attend all classes. A minimum of 75% attendance is mandatory
Go beyond the readings prescribed for the course
Attend & participate in all the discussions in the class
Be original in all your assignments and submit them on time
Late submissions will attract downgrading of 10%/day

You will complete three assignments (mandatory): 60 marks
End-semester examination: 40 marks
Assignments & deadlines will be announced in the class

Course Instructor/s
Vasuki Belavadi

Contact Hours
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Phone Number