Human Rights, Peace, Conflicts, and Media in India

Englisch-sprachiges Kolloquium mit Dr. Padma Rani, Associate Professor am Institute of Communication der Manipal University, Indien, am 30. Mai 2013, 18-20 Uhr c.t.,  in der Bibliothek des Hans-Bredow-Instituts, Eintritt frei, formlose Anmeldung per Mail an info@hans-bredow-institut.de erbeten

Das Kolloquium mit Dr. Padma Rani, Gastwissenschaftlerin an der FH Bremen, widmete sich Fragen der aktuellen Ausgestaltung der Pressefreiheit in Indien angesichts des rasanten technologischen Wandels. Anhand von Fallbeispielen zeigte Padma Rani, wie sich die indische Rechtsprechung an der US-amerikanischen orientiert.

Abstract des Vortrags

Freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right in India. It is given by the constitution of India in Article 19(1) (a) to its citizens. The scope of freedom of speech is very wide, it includes freedom of press, freedom of silence, propagation of ideas, their publication and circulation etc. Freedom of speech and expression is not absolute as there are reasonable restrictions mentioned in the constitution itself. The Indian judiciary is an independent organ of the State and has the right to instruct the government i.e. executive and the legislature to make appropriate laws where ever required.

With the advancement of technology, Press no longer includes only the print media, it has the broadcast and internet also under its ambit. The Indian government has brought about certain changes in the laws to suit the requirements of the new technology. With the fast penetration of Internet in India certain constitutional implications have arisen like right to privacy, right to information, obscenity etc.

With the help of case studies the position of freedom of speech in India would be discussed and also how the government and courts have read into cases in USA to set standards for the Indian media.

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Dr. Padma Rani, Associate Professor at Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal University, Manipal, India since 2010, has a post-graduate and doctorate in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She also holds a Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and diploma in Human Rights law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was Head of the communication department at M. O .P. Vaishnav College for women, Chennai for a period of three years. She has taught post-graduate students for four years at Ethiraj College for women, Chennai.

Padma Rani has presented over twenty-five research papers in national and international conferences. Her special areas of interest are media laws, ICT, gender and Human Rights. She has Ph.d students enrolled under her working in the areas of new media, health communication and gender. At present, she is also a principal investigator for a University Grants Commission project on partnership between a local newspaper and hospital to create awareness about health issues.