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