Ink and Gavel: Navigating the Thin Line Between Media Trial and Fair Trial

  • Sk Sahid Ahamed and Aradhaya Singh
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  • Sk Sahid Ahamed

    Student at Calcutta University, India.

  • Aradhaya Singh

    Student at Llyod Law College, Greater Noida, India

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This article explores the complex relationship between media trials and fair trials, examining the evolving dynamics of law and media in contemporary society. Inspired by Shakespeare's "Macbeth," it contemplates the fluid nature of societal norms, where what is acceptable today may be deemed disreputable tomorrow, and vice versa. The article emphasizes the need to understand the historical development of law and media to comprehend the current conflict between a free trial and a free media. Article 19 (1) (a) of the Indian Constitution safeguards both individual free speech and press freedom. However, it is important to recognize that this does not grant absolute freedom of expression without accountability. Striking a balance between free speech and responsible information dissemination is crucial. The media and the judicial system share a common purpose, acting as vital sources of information for the public. Referred to as the "eyes and ears of the people," the media plays a crucial role in informing society, while the courts seek to uncover truth, defend democratic ideals, and address societal issues. The article stresses the importance of responsible journalism by shifting focus towards pressing matters such as prison conditions, education, orphanages, courts, unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy. The article discusses the comparison between media trials and fair trials, highlighting their nuances and implications. It emphasizes the need for a fearless and vibrant media that adheres to ethical standards and prioritizes the well-being of society. Recent incidents and judicial judgments related to media trials are examined, shedding light on the complexities and controversies surrounding the topic. In conclusion, this article provokes thoughtful reflection on the interplay of law and media, underscoring the significance of responsible journalism and the pursuit of justice. It advocates for a delicate balance between media freedom and ethical information dissemination for the betterment of society.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 1002 - 1013


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