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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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