Jodhamal Youth Conclave '23 presents
"Deliberation on freedom of press in India with emphasis on media trials"
The All India Political Parties Meet is a meeting between all political parties in the nation. It serves as a platform to discuss various political issues the country faces, incorporating diverse perspectives from politicians and making carefully-analyzed decisions that hold national importance. This initiative was introduced to reflect the political realities in India by highlighting the multiple layers of polity and governance.
Typically, it is convened before the parliamentary session or the introduction of a bill, with the aim of reaching a consensus before the sessions commence. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nation's issues and offer a diverse viewpoint prior to the actual law-making process.
The Committee primarily consists of participants from all political parties, although moderators can invite other relevant stakeholders without political affiliations. It is a non-technical but influential committee designed to emulate political realities and shed light on the intricacies of Indian politics and governance. The agenda for this meeting is highly specific, focusing on critical national matters, and the participants will strive to reach a consensus on potential solutions. Thorough research on current political events across the country is crucial for the members, as they should also be well-informed about their respective political affiliations, interests, and ideologies.
Freedom of Press in India is guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) of the Indian Constitution. It encourages independent journalism and promotes democracy by letting the people voice their opinions for or against the government’s actions. Freedom of Press and media is widely recognized in India. It does have reasonable restrictions under Article 19(2) to protect the safety of the people of the nation. At the heart of the declaration in Article 19, it states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Despite all provisions in place, Media, at times, tends to go overboard and indulges in stories that do not behove it, under the garb of ‘the freedom of media’. There have been lots of cases of hate crimes, false accusations, media trials due to wrongful portrayal, fake news, etc, in recent years.
As of 2021, 6 journalists have been killed because of their work. India is among the top 4 countries with the maximum number of journalists’ deaths on record. Whether it is on the job or off the job, they have been targeted and attacked due to their opinion.
In India, there have been numerous incidents in political history that completely violated Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. Such examples underscore the need for constant vigilance and advocacy to safeguard the independence of the Press from political interference, ensuring that it can fulfill its vital role as the watchdog of democracy and provide unbiased information to the public.
Hence, at JYC 2023, we intend to deliberate on Freedom of Press in India with special emphasis on media trials, and ensure that the Media is given its due freedom without allowing it to abuse its privileges and powers.
Executive Board - AIPPM