This piece in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights the pressing problem of newspapers (mostly Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati) selling positive or “not negative” coverage to candidates this election cycle. I’m not sure what the law looks like in this area, but it does seem this is something the Election Commissioners Office could step in to crack down on, and the article suggests they may be considering doing this. Otherwise, the newspapers should start warning readers that they are adverts whose articles are up for sale – that just seems like basic consumer protection law.
Nick has extensively studied and researched various aspects of legal profession and judicial administration in India. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2006, he spent seven years in South Asia, clerking for Chief Justice Sabharwal of the Indian Supreme Court, and working at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi on rights litigation involving water and health. He has also taught law at National Law School-Bangalore, Lahore University Management Sciences, and Jindal Global Law School.
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