Laws Protecting Journalists from Online Harassment​​

Aditi Yadav
Amity Law School, Noida, India.
Jyotiraditya Singh Kushwah
Amity Law School, Noida, India.

Volume IV, Issue I, 2021

Journalists are not safe even in their own country and there is an urgent need for effective laws for the protection of journalists in India. Journalism plays a very important role in our society, without which the world would be ignorant. It has become strenuous to find the correct balance between the right to express freely and protect journalists from abuse and threats. Journalists are increasingly becoming the victims of harassment, including death threats, verbal abuse and smear campaigns etc. Freedom of press is considered to be an integral part of freedom of speech and expression. The research paper dives deep into the subject of crimes which are conducted against journalists. The text also cites a few instances where journalists have been victims of various crimes and how it has affected the country in terms of democracy. It also emphasizes the need for legislation for the safety of journalists. It also provides various means that the authority can implement for access to right to speech and expression to be an informed citizen..​