The Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Representation of Peoples Act have restricted journalists from revealing the names of victims of sexual assault and juvenile victims. If the reporter fails to abide by the law, he has to face the consequences,” he said.
Commenting on the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and Drug and Magic Remedies Act, Bhat said, “Unfortunately, today we can find many firms violating these Acts. If any firm uses media to fool the people in the name of magic, action can be taken against that particular media organization.
“Any journalist, who writes with an intention to harm the reputation of an individual without social concern, it will be considered as defamation. Though there is no particular parameter to define defamation, this can be solved by the law court or judge-made law process.
Ronald Anil Fernandez, senior reporter of Deccan Herald also spoke on the occasion.
Veenu Vinodh introduced the resource person, while P B Harish Rai welcomed and Ramakrishna, president of Press Club thanked.
P B Harish Rai, president of DK Working Journalists’ Union, Srinivas Nayak Indaje, secretary of DKWJU were present on the occasion.