Media Laws and Ethics- An Introduction to Legal and Ethical Issues in Journalism

"Media Laws and Ethics-An Introduction to Legal and Ethical Issues in Journalism" is a compilation of chapters by renowned media academicians and journalists. Dr Vartika Nanda is Editor of the book (HOD-Journalism, LSR College for Women) and the Foreword has been written by renowned media expert K.G. Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication / IIMC, New Delhi.

The Story Behind the Book

As Dr Vartika Nanda points out in ‘My Word’, the book has been compiled with special focus on the varied dimensions of media ethics and also the complex world of law pertaining to the issues of media. It is an attempt to clear the cobwebs and create a platform where one can open new windows for discussion. 

Collaboration and Co-creation are the new norms of digital society. The book is a pioneering attempt in co-creation by bringing academicians and students together. As she points out in the end, “The purpose was to bring the academicians and the students together in the process of learning because it is after all, a mutual exercise. We hope that we have succeeded”.

From the Foreword

The book is a call for soul searching for journalists. Prof KG Suresh discusses the current state of media in India in his Foreword to the book. In the last paragraph, he emphasizes, “The book is a clarion call for soul searching in a profession which has the crucial responsibility of disseminating unadulterated information to one fifth of humanity. The promotion and preservation of ethics is critical to the credibility of the media. As the fourth pillar of democracy, media does not have many options”.


The book has 12 chapters by leading academicians and practitioners from the field of media and mass communication.

1. Media Ownership, ‘Paid News’ and Private Treaties ; New Threats to the Public Sphere in India

(Prof Keval J Kumar, Adjunct Professor, MICA, Ahmedabad)

2. Going ‘Live’- A Transformative Phenomenon

(Prof Archana R Singh, Professor & Chairperson, School of Communication Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh)

3. Constitutional, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Media Trial by TV News Channels
(Dr Susmita Bala, Professor and Head, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Delhi Metropolitan Education, IP University, Delhi)

4. Ethical Standards of TV News ; Self Regulation and the Role of News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and Broadcast Editors Association

(Hemant Kaushik, Senior Special Correspondent, Aaj Tak, Academic Head, Broadcast Journalism Programme, India Today Media Institute, New Delhi)

5. Journalistic Dark Arts : Legality and Ethicality of Sting Operations and Phone Tapping

(Charu Chandra Pathak, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, KR Mangalam University, Gurgaon)

6. Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Commercial Speech and Misleading Advertisements

(Dr Ambrish Saxena, Academic Head, Zee Institute of Media Arts/ ZIMA and Zee Institute of Creative Arts/ ZICA)

7. Legal Aspects of Advertising

(Dr Arvind Kumar, Head, Department of Commerce, LSR College for Women, New Delhi)

8. Right to Information; Media and Ethical Perspectives

(Albert Abraham, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi)

9. Social Media and Social Responsibility

(Nawal Kishor Prasad, Indian Information Service, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi)

10. Self Regulation in Context of New Media (Social and Online)

(Dr Amit Nagpal, Associate Professor and Head- Department of Media Marketing, New Delhi Institute of Management)

11. Social Media : Freedom of Expression, Legal and Ethical Parameters

(Dr Rachna Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, LSR for Women, New Delhi)

12. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

(Dr Archana Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and New Media, Central University of Jammu)

Case Studies and Glossary have been compiled by students of LSR College for Women and the students have done an admirable job.

My Contribution

I have contributed a chapter on “Self Regulation in context of New Media (Social and Online). The chapter covers the following areas:-

a) Characteristics of social and online media

b) Need for Self Regulation

c) How do we regulate ourselves

Some of the sub-topics in the last section include self regulation in social media profiles, reflection as a tool for wisdom, authenticity in storytelling and handling sensitive issues. 

For further queries, you can write to me at or Dr Vartika Nanda at 

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