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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.

SPG cover for Gandhis a non-issue; Congress doing grave disservice to nation, itself through sycophantic approach
Politics

SPG cover for Gandhis a non-issue; Congress doing grave disservice to nation, itself through sycophantic approach

When there are so many crucial national issues to be highlighted during the ongoing Parliament session, the Congress is focussed at the government's decision to withdraw SPG cover for the Gandhi family

Week after students heckle Babul Supriyo, Jadavpur University calls upon 'stakeholders' to ensure free speech on campus
India

Week after students heckle Babul Supriyo, Jadavpur University calls upon 'stakeholders' to ensure free speech on campus

Nearly a week after Union minister Babul Supriyo was heckled at Jadavpur University by Left-leaning students, the varsity authorities on Wednesday appealed to 'all stakeholders' to ensure no one is stopped from exercising their right to free speech on campus

Prashant Kanojia's arrest underscores need to revisit law on criminal defamation, restrictions on right to free speech
India

Prashant Kanojia's arrest underscores need to revisit law on criminal defamation, restrictions on right to free speech

Today, fear of criminal sanctions under the law of criminal defamation forces people to refrain from exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression.

SC's demand for apology, arrest of BJP worker shows how Section 66A of IT Act continues to haunt free speech despite being struck down
Politics

SC's demand for apology, arrest of BJP worker shows how Section 66A of IT Act continues to haunt free speech despite being struck down

While Priyanka Sharma has been released and the Supreme Court waived the condition of apology, the fact that she was asked to apologise in the first place raises the question if Section 66A is still in existence

Bombay HC denies Lodha Group's request for injunction in defamation case: Verdict is victory for free speech on online platforms
India

Bombay HC denies Lodha Group's request for injunction in defamation case: Verdict is victory for free speech on online platforms

The Bombay High Court, in a judgment delivered last week, rejected Lodha Developer’s request for an injunction to restrain an online citizen journalist.

TikTok and PUBG ban in India: Is it even constitutional? Strong regulations needed over arbitrary measures to address issue
India

TikTok and PUBG ban in India: Is it even constitutional? Strong regulations needed over arbitrary measures to address issue

PUBG and TikTok are just examples of new, immersive and disruptive activities in a rapidly evolving technological age. There are a variety of others on the horizon, such as virtual reality, augmented reality and driverless cars.

Bhobishyoter Bhoot — SC imposes Rs 20 lakh fine on West Bengal govt: 'Speech can't be silenced due to fear of mob'
Entertainment

Bhobishyoter Bhoot — SC imposes Rs 20 lakh fine on West Bengal govt: 'Speech can't be silenced due to fear of mob'

Bhobishyoter Bhoot met with an unfortunate fate when it was unceremoniously pulled out of multiple theatres after directions from Kolkata Joint Commissioner of Police who cited political law and order problem for the order

Amol Palekar's speech censored: Row highlights culture ministry's tightening grip on NGMA decision-making
India

Amol Palekar's speech censored: Row highlights culture ministry's tightening grip on NGMA decision-making

Amol Palekar had the right to speak and need not have chosen another occasion to vent his anxieties regarding the growing grip of the Cultural Ministry in the affairs of the NGMA. However, what was the nature of the shows that these local artists advisory body used to present there?