Evolution of the media laws in India

India has a long history of mass media laws starting from British colonial rule. The first media regulatory laws in India started when Lord Wellesley promulgated in 1799 the press regulations. It started imposing pre-censorship on the budding newspaper industry at that time. And in 1835 came the Press Act to undo most of the repressive features of the previous legislation. In 1857 came the gagging Act to make licensing compulsory for having or running printing presses. There were many laws for the freedom of the media after India got freedom until the 2005 law for the Right to Information. Now the government is framing rules for social media apart from controlling the electronic media. India ranks 150 out of the 180 countries in the 2022 world press freedom index announced by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. Hence, media companies need the best lawyers to know about all the laws to comply with them or face the consequences.
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