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'Media should self-regulate': Delhi HC blasts newspaper for dragging vlogger's child into article says
India

'Media should self-regulate': Delhi HC blasts newspaper for dragging vlogger's child into article says

The Delhi Hight Court was hearing an appeal by the newspaper challenging an order of the single judge directing it to take down the allegedly objectionable article criticising a blogger

'Clearly Freedom of Speech is cherished': Anand Mahindra agrees with Elon Musk on supporting non-regulated speech on Twitter
India

'Clearly Freedom of Speech is cherished': Anand Mahindra agrees with Elon Musk on supporting non-regulated speech on Twitter

The Mahindra Group Chairman had conducted a poll on Twitter, seeking opinions from his followers if they supported Musk or not. As many as 80.7 per cent of those who voted had supported and only 19.3 per cent did not

Why an edit button for Twitter is not as simple as it seems
News & Analysis

Why an edit button for Twitter is not as simple as it seems

Elon Musk, who has recently been buying up shares in the microblogging platform and has made a US$48 billion offer for the whole company, asked his 82 million followers if they wanted an edit button.

Twitter, analysts wary of Elon Musk's takeover bid
World

Twitter, analysts wary of Elon Musk's takeover bid

Musk, the world's richest person and a controversial and frequent user of Twitter himself, made an unsolicited bid of $43 million for the social media network, citing better freedom of speech as a motivation

'No to War': Russian TV channel suspends operation in protest against attack on Ukraine
World

'No to War': Russian TV channel suspends operation in protest against attack on Ukraine

The channel said 'it hoped that it could return to broadcasting and continue with the work'

You may be offended by Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das, still they have every right to speak their minds
Entertainment

You may be offended by Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das, still they have every right to speak their minds

Those who take umbrage to what a Kangana Ranaut or a Vir Das say must remember that their freedom to express cannot be directed at taking away someone else’s rights to speak their mind.

Vietnam jails five citizen journalists for 'abusing democratic rights', draws US flak
World

Vietnam jails five citizen journalists for 'abusing democratic rights', draws US flak

Truong Chau Huu Danh, the founder of Facebook page Bao Sach, was jailed for four-and-a-half years. His four co-defendants received jail terms of between two and three years.

Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, quits the band to 'speak freely' on evils of political extremism
Entertainment

Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, quits the band to 'speak freely' on evils of political extremism

Marshall said that “as long as I am a member of the band, speaking my mind on the evils of political extremism could bring them trouble. My loyalty and love for them cannot permit that.”

'Every journalist entitled to protection': SC quashes sedition case against Vinod Dua citing a 1962 judgment
India

'Every journalist entitled to protection': SC quashes sedition case against Vinod Dua citing a 1962 judgment

While upholding the validity of section 124A (sedition) of the IPC in the Kedarnath Singh vs State of Bihar case, the top court had ruled the sedition charges could not be invoked against a citizen for criticism of government actions

SC grants interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui, stays production warrant issued in UP case
India

SC grants interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui, stays production warrant issued in UP case

A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman also issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh Government on Munawar's plea challenging the high court order refusing to grant regular bail to him

Munawar Faruqui case: Madhya Pradesh HC's Indore bench to deliver judgment on bail plea today
India

Munawar Faruqui case: Madhya Pradesh HC's Indore bench to deliver judgment on bail plea today

The 32-year-old comedian is in judicial custody and lodged at Indore Central Jail since he was arrested on 1 January for objectionable comments that he would have allegedly made against Hindu deities at a comedy show in Madhya Pradesh

Stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui’s arrest in Indore: A brief timeline of what happened
India

Stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui’s arrest in Indore: A brief timeline of what happened

Firstpost spoke to the police, Hind Rakshak Sangathan convenor and the complainant Eklavya Gaur, Munawar’s family and friends and members of the audience to piece together the events that transpired that evening

'Don't intend to retract tweet or apologise': Kunal Kamra on contempt of court proceedings against him
India

'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'

Authorities weaponising sedition laws, says former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur
India

Authorities weaponising sedition laws, says former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur

The former apex court judge criticised the "weaponising" of the sedition laws, "abuse" of prohibitory orders and blanket shutdown of the internet

In Sudarshan TV case, SC says 'extremely concerned' with balancing dignity, free speech; next hearing on 23 Sept
India

In Sudarshan TV case, SC says 'extremely concerned' with balancing dignity, free speech; next hearing on 23 Sept

In a two-hour hearing, the bench said constitutional values and human dignity need to be protected but the court cannot “become the enforcers of programme code”

Reporter has fundamental right to publish news that may not be palatable to administration: Calcutta HC
India

Reporter has fundamental right to publish news that may not be palatable to administration: Calcutta HC

The Calcutta High Court made the observation while allowing an anticipatory bail plea moved by an ETV reporter whose story on bribery among police officials earned him an FIR.

Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and N Ram challenge validity of law on criminal contempt in SC
India

Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and N Ram challenge validity of law on criminal contempt in SC

Section 2(1)(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act is unconstitutional, violates the freedom of speech and is 'incurably vague', said the petition

SC's actions in Prashant Bhushan, Twitter case show court as vehicle for administration, not dispenser of justice
India

SC's actions in Prashant Bhushan, Twitter case show court as vehicle for administration, not dispenser of justice

If Twitter has an obligation to unilaterally take down tweets without an order, then the SC must not just state the source of this obligation but also spell out when this obligation is activated

India knows what Bari Weiss is talking about: The intolerance of ‘liberals’
World

India knows what Bari Weiss is talking about: The intolerance of ‘liberals’

Weiss’ observations hold true for most self-proclaimed ‘liberal’ newsrooms across the world.

To be a feminist atheist in India: Hate-filled and violent responses make even the act of offering solidarity fraught
Lifestyle

To be a feminist atheist in India: Hate-filled and violent responses make even the act of offering solidarity fraught

Many Feminist Atheist Women navigate life and work by keeping our opinions on religion largely to ourselves unless we have the assurance of a safe space.