Mangalam TV, a new Malayalam channel, launched on Sunday with a ‘sensational’ story.
The channel put out an audio tape, allegedly of Kerala Transport Minister AK Saseendran in conversation with a woman. The Minister resigned on moral grounds and the Chief Minister announced a judicial enquiry.
The telecast of the tapes, however, has churned an intense debate amongst journalists in Kerala.
Journalists in Kerala were divided on the telecast, and a large number of them lashed out at Mangalam for being ‘unethical’, calling the telecast an act of moral policing.
Initially, the legal reaction was that such a case could not possibly succeed - and that was pretty much the view of the judge who threw it out when first it arrived at Maidstone Crown Court in November 2011.
But that was before an appeal brought by the prosecution in February of this year, and the appeal court ruling in which three appeal judges - Lord Justice Richards, Mr Justice Kenneth Parker and Mr Justice Lindblom - ruled unequivocally that publication to an individual did fall within the meaning of the OPA.
She’s worked there since 2008, fielding calls on sex chat lines.
Many journalists took to Facebook to share their opinion on the Mangalam story.You could be committing a criminal offence next time you discuss your deepest fantasies with someone online. That means it is therefore perfectly possible for the content of online chat, should a jury decide that it is capable of "depraving or corrupting", to be judged "obscene" - and as such for one or both participants in that conversation to be guilty of a criminal offence that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and a stint on the sex offenders' register. A ruling slipped out quietly by the Appeal Court earlier this year, and lurking in the background while the substantive case to which it applied came to court, makes it plain: the act of publishing as defined within the Obscene Publications Act can take place with an audience of just one individual.Tele Pay USA, a nationwide phone sex purveyor, was hit with a class-action lawsuit in federal court this week alleging it cheated one employee and potentially hundreds of others out of compensation.On Tuesday, a Tele Pay phone sex worker named Anne Cannon filed a complaint on behalf of herself and her counterparts in the U. District Court for the Central District of California.Their judgment was published in full, earlier this week, by blogger Obscenity Lawyer, a solicitor and one of the UK's leading legal experts providing advice to defendants on matters of obscenity and extreme porn.