Nothing is private

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

-- The Delhi High Court has held the media cannot be restrained from reporting confidential information of a company pertaining to its upcoming projects and dealings with other companies. The court passed the order while dismissing a plea of petroleum company Petronet lng seeking to restrain a website from publishing information which "is confidential and not in public domain". "Some may argue the press could sensationalize the facts in presentation of such information, yet the right to disseminate these views is at the core of freedom of speech and any restraint would have a chilling effect on its exercise," the court said. Petronet had approached the court alleging the website was disseminating information which was affecting its business prospects.

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