Freedom of Press and Its Impact in The Indian Democracy: A Critical Study

  • Naveen Saju
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  • Naveen Saju

    Advocate at District and Sessions Court, Idukki, Kerala, India

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India is considered to be the largest democratic country in the world where the common man enjoys a lot of freedom and liberty in the form of fundamental rights which is being enshrined in the Constitution of India. The basic ideology of the democracy is to protect the will of the people and in order to protect the same, the ideas, suggestions and criticisms of the people should need to reach the government. But the problem lies regarding who will raise these criticisms or suggestions and through what ways they can bring this matter to the notice of the government. Here comes the role of media and importance of the free press which is very essential in every democratic society. The press is considered to be an agent who bridges the gap between the people and the government. Thus, it is very important to protect the rights of this press because these medias and press are considered to be the fourth pillar of our democracy apart from the other three organs of the government. So, especially in a federal nation like India, we should need to have concrete laws to protect the freedom of press. If there is no protection for the freedom of press, the government may suppress the common man to an extreme extent where the voice of this common people gets affected. The press plays a very prominent role not only as the one who speaks for the people but also as the carrier of information about the laws and policies established and implemented by the government to the common man. Thus, it is very essential to protect the freedom of press in India even though no provision in the Constitution explicitly guarantees it anywhere.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 1591 - 1604


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