Blanket ban on obscene material will fetter press freedom: court
Imposing a blanket ban on publishing obscene photographs and material in newspapers will violate the right to freedom of speech and expression enjoyed by the press, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday.
A blanket ban on the publication of certain photographs and news items etc., will lead to a situation where the newspaper will be publishing material which caters only to children and adolescents and the adults would be deprived of their share of entertainment permissible under the normal norms of decency in any society, said a Bench consisting of Justices A.R. Lakshmanan and Tarun Chatterjee.
Any step to impose a blanket ban on publishing such photographs would also amount to prejudging the matter.
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