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Sep 14, 2018
Hate speech in India: Media's rabble-rousing doesn't help cause, proves counter-productive to free speechThe problem of hate speech is compounded when propagated by members of the press. This is because unlike the situation where the person making the hate speech is a politician or an ordinary citizen/internet user, the media is expected to be comparatively neutral while reporting events.
Aug 30, 2018
In India, letting online hate speech go unpunished, unchallenged has real and violent repercussionsViolence perpetrated and condoned by the majority, fuelled by the spread of right-wing populism in the digital age, has posed a complex challenge to India’s social fabric: one that is premised on the nation’s intrinsic, national values of tolerance and diversity.
Aug 28, 2018
Punjab's proposed amendment to blasphemy law Section 295 AA: Amarinder's move arms religious fanatics against free speechThe Punjab government's proposed decision to amend Section 295 AA, a law which makes acts of sacrilege against the holy books — Guru Granth Sahib, Gita, Quran, Bible — of major religions punishable with life imprisonment, is expected to cause quite an uproar as the bill will be tabled in Punjab assembly on Tuesday.
Aug 09, 2018
Meesha book controversy: Ban on literary work violates freedom of speech; test for such moves should be extremely stringentMeesha book controversy: Calls for ban on books violating the right to freedom of speech and expression and the court, in deciding whether a prohibition on a book is justified, must balance free speech with public interest
Jul 16, 2018
Shah Faesal tweet row: Conduct rules for employees shouldn't gag free speechEmployee rights in times of social media are an equally important consideration in the private sector.
Jun 10, 2018
Shehla Rashid accuses Nitin Gadkari, RSS of plotting Narendra Modi's assassination; transport minister threatens to sueNitin Gadkari has threatened to take legal action against JNU student rights activist Shehla Rashid after she accused the Union minister for road transport and highways of planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 03, 2018
Democracy In India Part 8: Strong democratic process engendering surplus of free speech, empowering communitiesIn Indian democracy, free speech is empowering communities as well as individuals, a fact that can be gleaned from recent Dalit protests or Jat upheaval.
Dec 27, 2017
Amid growing anger in Kashmir, PDP-BJP govt releases 'draconian' social media gag-order for its employeesIn a bizarre order issued by the Kashmir government, new 'guidelines' have been made into law specifying how state employees must behave on social media.
Oct 27, 2017
Ex-BBC journalist Vinod Verma held: Does Chhattisgarh govt want to torment scribes it considers irritants?Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested former BBC journalist Vinod Verma, for allegedly trying to extort money from a minister in the state.
Oct 23, 2017
By tabling criminal laws amendment in Rajasthan, Raje govt has prioritised public servants over publicThe Rajasthan ordinance goes against established principles of free speech and will erode the public's confidence in the government.