Role Of Privacy In Media

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He says, “Television channels have started a series of investigative attempts with hidden cameras and other espionage devices. The advent of miniaturized audio and video technology, especially the pinhole camera technology, enables one to clandestinely make a video/audio recording of a conversation and actions of individuals. Such equipment generally has four components-- the miniaturized camera, often of a size of a 25 paisa coin or even smaller (pin top size), a miniature video recording device, cord to transmit the signals and a battery cell. The use of the cord can be avoided through wireless transmissions. In law enforcement, a sting operation is an operation designed to catch a person committing a crime by means of deception. A typical…show more content…
The individual who is the subject of a press or television ‘item’ has his or her personality, reputation or career dashed to the ground after the media exposure. He too has a fundamental right to live with dignity and respect and a right to privacy guaranteed to him under Article 21 of the Constitution.”
14.2. Privacy and Media Law: According to Sonal Makhija, the Bangalore-based lawyer
Quoting Sonal Makhija, “The right to privacy in India has failed to acquire the status of an absolute right. The right in comparison to other competing rights, like the right to freedom of speech & expression, the right of the State to impose restrictions on account of safety and security of the State, and the right to information, is easily relinquished. The exceptions to the right to privacy, such as overriding public interest, safety and security of the State, apply in most countries. Nonetheless, as the paper demonstrates, unwarranted invasion of privacy by the media is
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He further comments, “The freedom of the press has to be preserved and protected not only from outside interference but equally from those within an internal mechanism for adherence to guidelines is sought to be ensured through mechanisms such as ‘letters to the editor', internal Ombudsman, Media Council of peers and Media Watch Groups which focus the wrongs committed by the media persons, journalists or the management. The mandate of the Press Council of India, as well as similar bodies across the world, is to specifically promote the standards of the media by building up for it a code of conduct. The sanction behind the code of ethics is moral; the source of their motive force is within the conscience of the media person concerned. The pronouncement and directions of the Council activate that conscience, and the principles articulated by it, act as lights that lead and guide the journalist along the path of ethical rectitude. Compiled in a compendium titled – Norms of Journalistic Conduct – they act as a reference guide in varying circumstances for the journalists. The Press Council of India has played a key role in maintaining public trust and confidence in the news media by promoting professional ethics, fairness, accuracy and
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