Madhavi Divan’s Facets of Media Law has been thoroughly revised and updated in its third edition. New case laws have been added and earlier chapters have been revised and new chapters have been added. Since the previous edition, “Internet Revolution” has tectonically transformed communication and human engagement and the author has paid due attention to the digital media age and the legal repercussions that follow.
Given the importance and currency of the subject, a new chapter titled “The Internet” has been included in this edition. Speech has never been so uncivil, so base, reckless and uninhibited as it has been in the age of social media. The updated chapter on hate speech examines trends and developments both in India and globally.
The chapter, “Evolving Trends” examines recent trends in the media. It also examines the impact of social media on the freedom of speech, and questions whether indiscriminate engagement with social media is effectively enhancing free speech or in some ways, inhibiting it. It also examines the evolution of the “marketplace of ideas” where citizens ought to engage with one another and agree to disagree if they must, to the deeply polarised echo chambers where we preach to the converted but turn away from “the other”.
This edition has been updated with all the important case laws including K.S. Puttaswamy (Privacy-9J.) v. Union of India, (2017) 10 SCC 1; Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, (2015) 5 SCC 1: (2015) 2 SCC (Cri) 449; Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, (2020) 3 SCC 637 and many more.
This is a must-have book for both students and practitioners of Media Law.
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