Star to host 'Comparative Perspectives on Media Regulation and Society'

Mumbai : India’s largest Media Conglomerate, Star, hosts a unique two day workshop on -‘Comparative Perspectives on Media Self-Regulation & Society’ on December 14th and 15that The Park Hotel, New Delhi. The workshop explores international and comparative perspectives on media regulation as it affects current debates and the future role of information in society. The two day workshop follows the ‘2010, Oxford-India, Media Law Moot Court Competition’, December 10th-13th at The Law School, Delhi University.

The workshop attempts to bring together diverse views of academics, bureaucrats, policy makers, industry leaders, civil society and legal experts. In light of the current controversies in the Media Fraternity around the world, this workshop deals with increased demands for content regulation on entertainment channels in India, as well current debates on Media Ethics.

Key speakers to address this workshop are Justice J.S. Verma, Ex-Chief Justice of India; Noted academician, Professor Satish Deshpande; Anupam Kher, Former Chairperson, CBFC; Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society; Sevanti Ninan, Senior Columnist; Anuradha Prasad, Chairperson BAG Films and President, Association of Radio Operators of India; Shanti Bhushan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Siddharth Luthra, Senior Advocate; Johra Chatterjee, Member Secretary, National Commission for Women; G. Krishnan, Vice President, IBF and Narayan Rao, CEO, NDTV and Board Member, IBF.

Joining Indian luminaries at the Seminar are the noted international researchers and experts in media regulation, Professor Monroe E. Price from the University of Pennsylvania; Jonathan Blake of Covington and Burling and Professor Wolfgang Shulz from the Hans Bredow Institute.

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Star India said, “We believe that this event where academicians, judges, legal luminaries & civil society come together will stir an enriching debate surrounding freedom of speech & expression and on the highly important and sensitive issues of Media Regulation and Media Ethics.”

Deepak Jacob, EVP & General Counsel – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Star India said: “Star India has always created cutting-edge content for the last two-decades. We firmly believe that innovation & creativity require an unbridled environment bereft of pre or post censorship by Government and supportive of a self imposed regulatory discipline on content.”

Professor Monroe E. Price from the University of Pennsylvania said: “We are extremely glad to bring the internationally renowned Price Moot Court Competition to India. In addition, we are also grateful to STAR India for being our partner in hosting this workshop. Media regulation in India is currently at a crossroads. Exciting transformations have been occurring in the manner in which media and entertainment is accessed and consumed. However, the potential of the media is dependent on having a policy environment that allows the technology to be used and developed for beneficial purposes while limiting potential abuses. Through this workshop, we hope to provide a platform to discuss these very concerns and hopefully, arrive at some workable solutions.”

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