Free Speech News
Attacks on free speech are rising across the US, experts warn
Hate speech can be damaging and repugnant, but is still generally protected by the First Amendment. The Department of Homeland Security and experts who study extremism have warned that hateful rhetoric can be seen as a call to action by extremists groups
How a Tagore statue went missing from Dhaka university, then reappeared
A newly erected statue of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore that had vanished from the oldest university campus in Bangladesh was discovered in fragments in a landfill. University authorities removed the structure, which has now been reassembled by students
Internal 'Twitter Files' released by Elon Musk details censorship and suppression of information at Twitter
The 51-year-old, who has vowed to turn Twitter into a platform of free speech, had been teasing the release of the internal files for several days
Why chafe at $8 for 'free speech' when okay paying $58 for a sweatshirt, wonders Elon Musk
Twitter's new owner billionaire Elon Musk has come up with hilarious memes to defend his decision to charge $8 for a blue tick for a month on the microblogging site.
Head on | Twitter under Elon Musk must banish bias to make it more democratic
Twitter is akin to a digital public square. All shades of opinion can be aired so long as they follow basic rules of civility. Robust exchanges are fine. Abuse is not
Why Hindus should not be obsessed with UCC and Section 295A, and instead seek liberation of temples
Hindus need to revisit their understanding of Section 295A and the Uniform Civil Code; they should, instead, seek the immediate liberation of their temples. Let this be the electoral issue in 2024
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Marvel’s newest crop of characters have been greeted with howls from comics fans.