‘Fake news’ in India – A Legal approach 

T.R.Sudarsanan AND S.Yamuna
Advocate at High Court of Madras, Chennai, India

Volume III, Issue III, 2020

The conundrum of fake news is like a wildfire which burn up the ground reality and often causes damages unimaginably in the society which is a pandemic throughout the world and India is not an exception to this. India though having various enactments to deal with media including fake news, while it comes to enforcement, the courts have to balance the fundamental right under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Indian Constitution and the rights of the victim of fake news in the march of law along with various lacunae in the statutes dealing with fake news. This article is an attempt to give a brief account of the hazardous nature of fake news, the translucent nature of laws to curb fake news in India and the grave inevitability of the Government to rethink to make more stringent laws in this regard.

Keywords: Fake news, False information, Misinformation, Disinformation, Media laws


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