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Can't invoke Article 19 rights, Meta does not discharge public function: Delhi HC told
India

Can't invoke Article 19 rights, Meta does not discharge public function: Delhi HC told

This comes after the high court received several petitions challenging the suspension and deletion of several user accounts by various social media platforms

How Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover brings free speech debate to the fore
World

How Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover brings free speech debate to the fore

Twitter exhibits the power of shaping and changing narratives, without accountability. The Elon Musk takeover of Twitter has given us the opportunity to discuss it now

Twitter abuse victims fear Elon Musk's free speech plans, but may not quit
World

Twitter abuse victims fear Elon Musk's free speech plans, but may not quit

Harassment on Twitter also spills over into the real world, and it highlights just how much victims sometimes are forced to put up with

Explained: How Elon Musk’s ‘free speech’ push could spell trouble for Twitter
News & Analysis

Explained: How Elon Musk’s ‘free speech’ push could spell trouble for Twitter

The Tesla billionaire, Elon Musk, wants to go back to old systems -- where content wasn't moderated. However, will users and advertisers stick around if he does?

Elon Musk hints at launching new social media platform; says 'giving serious thought' to it
World

Elon Musk hints at launching new social media platform; says 'giving serious thought' to it

The development comes after the Tesla and SpaceX founder on Friday posted a poll on Twitter asking other to vote on whether they believe the platform adheres to the free speech principle

How democratic dividend has been a hallmark of Modi-fied India
Politics

How democratic dividend has been a hallmark of Modi-fied India

Contrary to a constant refrain that democracy under the Modi government has been under siege, India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has institutionalised meritocracy and development-oriented politics

IT Rules 2021 add to fears over online speech, privacy; critics believe it may lead to 'outright censorship'
News & Analysis

IT Rules 2021 add to fears over online speech, privacy; critics believe it may lead to 'outright censorship'

Critics of the law worry it may lead to outright censorship in a country where digital freedoms have been shrinking since Modi took office in 2014.

Supreme Court to examine interpretation of sedition law over right of press, free speech
India

Supreme Court to examine interpretation of sedition law over right of press, free speech

This comes after two TV news channels – TV5 and ABN Andhrajyothi – were booked by Andhra Pradesh police for alleged sedition in showing 'offensive' speeches of YSR Congress rebel MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju

Centre using sedition law to curb free speech, says former Supreme Court justice MB Lokur
India

Centre using sedition law to curb free speech, says former Supreme Court justice MB Lokur

Speaking on the contempt of court issue related to lawyer Prashant Bhushan, the former apex court judge said his statements were misread

SC refuses to impose pre-broadcast ban on TV programme claiming 'Muslim conspiracy' to infiltrate UPSC
India

SC refuses to impose pre-broadcast ban on TV programme claiming 'Muslim conspiracy' to infiltrate UPSC

A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph said it has to first circumspect in imposing a prior restraint on publication or the airing of views by Sudarshan TV

Supreme Court is about to score an own goal in Prashant Bhushan case; jailing him will turn 'dissident' into public hero
India

Supreme Court is about to score an own goal in Prashant Bhushan case; jailing him will turn 'dissident' into public hero

The only way for the Supreme Court to save face right now is if Bhushan apologises. If they don't sentence him for contempt, the message sent would be that the Court bowed to public pressure. If they do, then Bhushan becomes a hero and photos of him happily walking into prison are on the front page of every newspaper.

Bari Weiss' resignation from NYT spurs 'illiberalism' debate in US, but for Indian media, free and fair journalism is a myth 
World

Bari Weiss' resignation from NYT spurs 'illiberalism' debate in US, but for Indian media, free and fair journalism is a myth 

The resignation of Bari Weiss is interesting because it is an issue of freedom of press in America — one that points to a curtailing of freedom from a direction not usually accused of being an enemy of free speech and free thought.

Following Harper’s open letter arguing for openness to 'opposing views', debate focuses on signatories, furthering divisiveness
Lifestyle

Following Harper’s open letter arguing for openness to 'opposing views', debate focuses on signatories, furthering divisiveness

Writers and intellectuals in the US signed a letter calling for tolerance toward opposing views. Following debate has revolved around choice of signatories.

How the West’s wokeness killed a Marvel called the comic-book superhero
World

How the West’s wokeness killed a Marvel called the comic-book superhero

Marvel’s newest crop of characters have been greeted with howls from comics fans.

'This is just noise': A primer on Donald Trump's Executive Order targeting social media websites
World

'This is just noise': A primer on Donald Trump's Executive Order targeting social media websites

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Thursday targeting legal protections that keep people from suing social media websites

Donald Trump signs Executive Order cracking down on social media, while claiming to protect 'free speech'
World

Donald Trump signs Executive Order cracking down on social media, while claiming to protect 'free speech'

Denouncing what he said was the power of social media “to shape the interpretation of public events,” President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Thursday directing federal regulators to crack down on companies like Twitter and to consider taking away the legal protections that shield them from liability for what gets posted on their platforms

Hate speech in the time of a pandemic: Answer to malevolent, incendiary language is plurality, not censorship
India

Hate speech in the time of a pandemic: Answer to malevolent, incendiary language is plurality, not censorship

As the greatest pandemic in a century continues its grim progress, India is seeing the unfolding of an unprecedented campaign to ensure the Republic’s intellectual hygiene.

Editors Guild slams J&K enforcement agencies' action against journalists Masrat Zahra, Peerzada Ashiq, demands withdrawal of charges
India

Editors Guild slams J&K enforcement agencies' action against journalists Masrat Zahra, Peerzada Ashiq, demands withdrawal of charges

The Editors Guild of India on Tuesday expressed concern over the "high-handed manner" in which the law enforcement agencies in Jammu and Kashmir used prevailing laws aganst The Hindu journalist Peerzada Ashiq and freelance photographer Mazrat Zahra

Goa court dismisses Sanatan Sanstha's Rs 10 crore defamation case against Juggernaut Books, author Dhirendra K Jha
India

Goa court dismisses Sanatan Sanstha's Rs 10 crore defamation case against Juggernaut Books, author Dhirendra K Jha

Extremist group Sanatan Sanstha had sought Rs 10 crore in damages from author Dhirendra K Jha and publishers Juggernaut Books in a 2018 suit, claiming the book 'Shadow Armies' contained material that was defamatory to their organisation.

Citizenship Amendment Act: Imposition of Section 144 to prevent democratic protests smacks of colonialism; shows inability to handle dissent
India

Citizenship Amendment Act: Imposition of Section 144 to prevent democratic protests smacks of colonialism; shows inability to handle dissent

In the present case, the line differentiating peaceful protest and disturbance of public tranquillity has been overlooked by officials imposing Section 144.