Importance Of Media In India

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Regulation of Media in India
1. Introduction
The freedom of speech and expression has been characterised as “the very life of civil liberty” in the Constituent Assembly Debates. The freedom of the press, while not recognised as a separate freedom under Fundamental Rights, is folded into the freedom of speech and expression. The Supreme Court has described this freedom as the “ark of the covenant of democracy”.
The freedom of the press serves the larger purpose of the right of the people to be informed of a broad spectrum of facts, views and opinions. It is the medium through which people gain access to new information and ideas, an essential component of a functioning democracy. Thus, “the survival and flowering of Indian democracy owes a great deal to the freedom and vigour of our press.”
The media is vital in the role it plays in uncovering the truth and rousing public opinion, especially in the face of wrongdoing and corruption. Numerous examples exist where the media has played a central role in revealing corrupt practices and shaping the demand for accountability and good governance.
The importance of media in a democracy becomes particularly evident when it comes to challenges surrounding media and the elections. The Law Commission, while considering issues related to electoral reforms, increasingly felt the need to address media-related issues connected to elections, such as the phenomenon of paid news and opinion polls. However issues relating to the media are

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