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Indian Case Law

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting v. Cricket Association of Bengal (1995) 2 SCC 161

The respondents claimed the right to get a sporting event organized by them telecast by a broadcaster of their choice. The issue was whether the Government had monopoly of creating terrestrial signals and of telecasting them or refusing to do so. The court held that the freedom of speech and expression included the right to acquire information and to disseminate it to public at large, and that the right to communicate included right to communicate through any media whether print, electronic or audio-visual. Holding that airwaves constituted public property and needed to be used for advancing public good, the Court suggested that Parliament enact a legislation  at the earliest placing the broadcast media in the hands of a public corporation.

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