Media Trials: An Antithesis to Sub-Judice

  • Ashmit Khurana
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  • Ashmit Khurana

    Student at CHRIST (deemed to be) University, India

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Media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy. One of the most vital functions of media is to disseminate information powered by the ability to control the masses. The point of concurrence between the press and judiciary is related to the issue of media trials and their influence on judicial matters. The position maintained by the judiciary is well established in terms of the existence of separate functions and regulations concerning media. The core aim of this research article is to address the issue of media trials in determining the verdict of sub-judice matters. This paper shall deal extensively with the problems concerned with the legitimacy of the verdict of media trials. Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian Constitution is comprehensive enough to include media channels, agencies, and publishers; it also aims to protect their freedom of speech and expression to maintain the sanctity of Indian democracy. In this day and age, publications, opinions, and digital media formulate public opinion. They are believed to be the main perpetrators in influencing the court judgement as it amounts to public pressure. Natural School of Jurisprudence laid down a few core principles that operate in favour of the accused. This paper will provide an in-depth analysis of media trials and their influence on the judiciary by demonstrating major constitutional law cases and comparative studies of other significant legal models. Through this paper, the reader can ascertain the position of media trials in the Indian context.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 1206 - 1217


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