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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
It's not just about sex outside marriage: How Indonesia's new criminal code threatens press and religious freedom
Many provisions of Indonesia’s new criminal code are dangerously vague and wide in their scope, which empowers the State at the expense of citizens. The provisions that impose conservative moral values about sexuality and those that limit freedom of expression have received the most criticism
Lithuanian cybersecurity agency warns against use of Chinese-made Xiaomi and Huawei phones over data privacy concerns
Xiaomi phones also carry the risk of possible restrictions on freedom of expression because apps receive updated lists of censored words and phrases and are capable of blocking them, according to investigations
MK Stalin opposes amendments to Cinematograph Act: Imposing conditions on film fraternity totally unjustified
''The draft bill has given rise to serious apprehensions not only in the minds of the film fraternity and film industry but also among all well-meaning sections of the society that cherish freedom of expression,'' said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.
Explained: Why film industry is rallying against proposed amendments to Cinematograph Act
The I&B Ministry had sought suggestions for Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by 2 July. A letter with 3,000 signatories from the Indian film industry has opposed the proposed amendments.
Twitter is creating a smokescreen of victimhood to keep evading Indian law and stay unaccountable
The California-based company, which cannot even ensure that its own employees of the conservative persuasion are free to express their views, whose commitment to freedom of expression is inconsistent, opaque and cynically opportunistic, is swearing by principles that it habitually violates.
Twitter statement designed to seek dubious sympathy, impede inquiry, says Delhi Police
The Delhi Police made the remarks after Twitter called recent raids on its offices as a form of 'intimidation' and expressed concern over the safety of its employees in India
'Pronounced guilty, not in court, but by seekers of TRPs,' says Disha Ravi in four-page statement
The activist was arrested on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police, but was granted bail later after a Delhi court found nothing on record to suggest that Ravi "subscribed to any secessionist idea"
Regulatory setup for media in India: An evaluation of fault lines in media regulation today
The kind of direct governmental regulations for news platforms should be less focused on regulating journalists’ conduct, and more about protecting their speech
Munawar Faruqui arrest: Madhya Pradesh court denies bail to stand-up comedian, his associate
Opposing the bail plea, prosecution lawyer Vimal Mishra said both the accused had participated in the event amidst the pandemic for which no permission was taken from local administration
Siddique Kappan was going to Hathras under the 'garb of journalism' to disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC
Meanwhile, CJI SA Bobde raised concerns over misreporting in the case and asked the petitioner Kerala Union of Working Journalists' to file a rejoinder to the UP govt's affidavit while postponing the hearing in the case by a week
'Don't intend to retract tweet or apologise': Kunal Kamra on contempt of court proceedings against him
In a letter posted on Twitter, the stand-up comedian also wished to volunteer the time that would be allotted to the hearing of his contempt case to other matters and parties who have not been as lucky and privileged as him to 'jump the queue'
Charlie Hebdo's cartoons on Prophet Mohammad have France jostling between freedom of speech and Islamophobia
The French Constitution defines the state only as secular, but it doesn't delineate the boundaries of this secularism
Liberal silence on global free speech conflict has killed India's intellectual life
The decomposing corpses of ideas feed and sustain the toxic cesspool our intellectual and social life has become
Charlie Hebdo attack trial: 'Nothing to regret' over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, magazine's chief tells court
Laurent Sourisseau, who was badly wounded when Islamist gunmen attacked the French weekly's office in Paris in 2015, also said that he doesn't want to be "dependent on the insane arbitrariness of fanatics"
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.
Rape threats against Agrima Joshua show Shivaji's progressive ideals have been hijacked by thugs
The clip can be found online and, quite frankly, is really funny because it makes fun of a government that’s spending, what many taxpayers consider a lot of money, building a memorial for Shivaji. The clip in no way even hints at a joke about the man, only makes fun of the jingoism of his followers.
After National Security Law, China's leash on Hong Kong tightens as it chokes broadcaster RTHK
RTHK has also found itself caught in geopolitical wrangling between China and Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing claims as part of its territory
At Chennai Book Fair, organisers lock horns with publishers, writers over allowing inclusion of 'anti-government' book
The ongoing Chennai Book Fair 2020 — a 12-day event organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) — has run into rough weather after its launch on 9 January. Now in its 43rd edition, the CBF has seen participating writers and BAPASI embroiled in a row after senior journalist V Anbazhagan was prevented from displaying an “anti-government” book in his rented stall, and had a police complaint filed against him in this regard.
Internet shutdowns: The legality of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure
A technology lawyer explains how and when internet shutdowns are enforced by state governments.