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Top 14 thumb rules of Indian Media Industry / writers / bloggers

Now a days, everybody is becoming online journalist or web journalist or blogger or writer. You can express your opinion without any fear because Indian constitution allows every citizen of India to express his opinion. But there are 14 thumb rules which you need to follow strictly if you do not want to go to ‘jail’.

By Law –

  1. President of India – Do not write anything against ‘President of India’. If he is wrong or has taken any wrong decision, in that case also, nobody can raise any question on him.
  2. Governor of Indian States – Similar to ‘President of India’, same rule applies for Governor of any Indian state. But it can be politically correct.
  3. Judicial – Do not write or say anything against the decision taken by courts (Specially Supreme Court and High courts). It is considered ‘Contempt of Court’ and an offence by law
  4. Caste / Religion – It’s a very sensitive thing. Indian social system is automatically divided into two class – Upper class and lower class. Upper are those who are from upper class like Rajput / Brahmin / Baniya etc. Lower class word is for those people who used to do low level work like cleaning, sweeping etc. Now there are several laws to stop this caste discrimination. That’s why India law does not allow anybody to call lower class by their profession or nick name. People can use only one word for them ‘Dalit’. Except ‘Dalit’ word, others word are high objectionable and if anybody use other words for lower class people, that person can immediately be sent into jail. It is most sensitive thing especially in Uttar Pradesh which is India’s biggest state.
  5. National Anthem – Nobody is allowed to write anything negative or wrong against India’s National Anthem by law. It’s a non-bail able offence by law
  6. National Flag – Nobody is allowed to write anything negative or wrong against India’s National Flag by law. It’s a non-bail able offense by law
  7. Religion – Cannot abuse any religion or people of religion.
  8. Proof – Cannot write name of anybody in any kind of corruption without having solid proof. But it can be politically correct. If I say that X officer of Income tax department has taken bribe from me, I will have to prove it. But if I say that there was an officer who asked me for bribe but I did not give. Then there will not be a big problem for writer / blogger.
  9. Defame – Any article / blog which is defaming a person or a company or any entity without having solid proof is also an offence by law. In this case, person sends legal notice of ‘Defamation’ and demands big money as a compensation.

General Understanding –

  1. Communal Riots – If 50 persons have been killed in Hindu-Muslim Communal Riots, just write total figure instead of mentioning of killed people of each religion.
  2. Rape case – From last two-three years it has come in practice. Governing body of Indian TV Media Industry, IBA (Indian Broadcasting Association) has suggested everybody not to write ‘Real Name’ of any ‘Rape Victim’ in story / article / blog. In this case, rape case can be named. For Example: – a girl was raped 3-4 years ago in South Delhi in bus and then she was murdered brutally. Media did not disclose his real name and it was named ‘Nirbhaya Rape Case’. Apart from this, Indian media has stopped disclosing original identity of family members of rape victim. If her family members want to come openly in front of camera or media, then it’s ok.
  3. Discrimination – Any article or story which promotes discrimination between male and female. But that can politically be correct.
  4. Pakistan related Issue – No such article or story which is against India but in support of Pakistan.
  5. National Security Forces – Anything against Indian Forces (Army / Navy / Air Force)

– Keep writing, keep learning, keep expressing –



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  1. Ritesh Ritesh September 20, 2016

    Very valuable info..These days we come across several intentional and unintentional mistakes committed by those in the Online Web domain or general news writer. Most of them don’t have the basic knowledge of ethics…wish all such people read this article and increase their awareness. Good work 🙂

    • Pushpandra Singh Pushpandra Singh Post author | September 22, 2016

      Thanks a lot Ritesh.. This is good for those people who have just finished their journalism course in institute because i have noticed that nobody tells about these ‘Thump Rules’ in institutes.. Everybody seems in a hurry to write sensational (Infact baseless) stories…

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