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The Interplay of Law and Media in Shaping Public Perception

By Dr. Christabell Joseph, Associate Professor at School of Law,

Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore.*



This paper explores the intricate relationship between law and media and its profound impact on public perception. In contemporary society, media plays a pivotal role in disseminating information about legal matters, influencing how laws are understood, interpreted, and perceived by the public. The interplay between these two powerful institutions shapes public opinion and can sway societal attitudes towards significant legal issues. This study examines key case studies where media coverage has notably influenced legal outcomes and public sentiment, such as high-profile criminal trials and landmark Supreme Court decisions. It also addresses the ethical considerations and potential biases in media reporting that can skew public perception and the role of digital and social media in amplifying these effects. Furthermore, the paper discusses the implications of media influence on the legal process, including the potential for media-induced prejudice and its impact on the fairness of trials. By analysing the symbiotic relationship between law and media, this research underscores the need for a balanced and responsible approach to media reporting on legal issues. Ultimately, this paper aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of how media and law interact to shape public perception and the importance of maintaining the integrity of both institutions.

Keywords: Law, Media, Public Perception, Media Influence, Digital Media, Public Opinion.


* The author is a Associate Professor at School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore.

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Journal Details
Abbreviation: NLR 

ISSN:   2582-8479 (O)

Year of Starting: 2020

Place: New Delhi, India

Accessibility: Open Access

Peer Reviewer: Double Blind



​All research articles published in NLR and are fully open access. i.e. immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.

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