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Newspapers can publish foreign articles, rules High Court

Newspapers can publish foreign articles, rules High Court

Author | Source: Business Standard | Friday, Jan 20,2006 8:40 AM

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Newspapers can publish foreign articles, rules High Court

The Delhi High Court has held that restricting the publication of syndicated articles and features by foreign writers and journalists in various newspapers and magazines in India was against the freedom of speech and expression under the Fundamental Rights (Article 19) enumerated in the Constitution.

While observing that freedom of press need not be tested on nationality, Justice Vikramjit Sen said the government in a circular could not restrict the publication of syndicated articles and features of the foreign publications in Indian newspapers, magazines and periodicals.

''The impugned circular to restrict the publication of foreign syndicated articles to 20 per cent in the publications in India is struck down as it is contrary to Article 19 of the Constitution,'' said the order.

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