The Censorship Of The Indian Constitution

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In today’s day and age where lines between the public life and private life have become increasingly blurred, right to privacy has gained importance and new dimensions.
In the Indian Constitution though the right to privacy is not expressly mentioned, yet it is guaranteed by the constitution under Artice 21. The scope of Article 21 has been widened and it now encompasses the right to privacy. In R.Rajagopal v. State of T.N. the courts observed that the right to privacy is an essential ingredient of the right to life.
It becomes pertinent to discuss the right to privacy while discussing media law and policy as lately there has been an increase in cases where there has been infringement of right to privacy by the media.
Though the freedom of speech and expression, as guaranteed in the Constitution of India, empowers the press to disclose information vital to public interest, it often results in intrusion of privacy . In 2012, a news channel aired the molestation of a girl in Guwahati, filmed by one of its reporters
The alleged ‘informational activism’ reflects a conflict between the right to information and right to privacy. The RTI Act represents the right to know but even the RTI Act recognises an exception to the right to know under section 8 (1) (j) according to which disclosure of information, which is not related to public life and public interest which results in invasion of privacy, is exempted .
Article 12 of UDHR , 1948; Article 17 of ICCPR , 1976 ; Article 16
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