Wan-Ifra organizes panel discussion on media laws

'Media laws in India' report to be released at event

Wan-Ifra organizes panel discussion on media laws

The Indian Constitution is said to be the largest in the world. It, however, makes no mention of freedom of the press, which in this country is derived from the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1) (a).

The South Asia Chapter meeting of the World Editors Forum, the network of editors within Wan-Ifra, will bring out the report on ‘Media Laws in India.’ An understanding of media laws in the country will help journalists operate in a free and way in-formed. The report will be useful for all journalists working in the print, television and digital arms of the media. Leading voices from media and judiciary have contributed to this report.

This report will be released in a virtual event on 31 October at 1030 hrs IST, followed by a panel discussion on the subject. The event is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

The speakers at the release of the report include Mukund Padmanabhan, chairman, World Editors Forum, South Asia Chapter; Mahfuz Anam, editor-publisher, The Daily Star, Bangladesh; Geeta Ramaseshan, High Court lawyer, Chennai, India; and R Krishnadas, legal correspondent, The Hindu.

Register here to attend the panel discussion

All registered participants will receive a complimentary pdf copy of the report.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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