At stake: can freedom of speech and expression be restricted on grounds other than those explicitly identified in Article 19(2) of the constitution?
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
To protect free speech we have to tolerate what we do not like, sometimes even what we abhor.
We need to put free ‘speech’ as such to one side, and replace it with a series of more narrowly targeted expressive liberties.
They said peaceful protest was people’s fundamental right, but that bills in Republican-governed states sought to stop them exercising that right.
The fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur has withdrawn from a protest march against campus violence and has decided to leave Delhi.
The main schism in today’s free speech debates pits liberals, advocating unbridled speech as a tool of freedom, against radicals, who unmask unbridled speech as a tool of class privilege. But that rift tells only one story.
The attacks on creative expression and freedom of speech concern us all. Today it is films and books; tomorrow it could be journalism and much more.
The Wire spoke to Amit Masurkar, Swara Bhaskar and Neeraj Ghaywan about their reactions on the Bhansali assault, how it affected them and the perils of self-censorship.
The Supreme Court has missed a chance to bring the criminal defamation law within the frameworks required of a liberal, egalitarian state.
“Politicians had a cause or a set of causes beyond and larger than themselves. Self-interest, self-protection and self-advancement did not occur to them. They stood for selflessness.”
The concept of ‘free speech’ is devilishly difficult and depends greatly on a person’s political and philosophical viewpoint.
An appeal made across police departments to arrest people for their posts on social media has raised serious concerns about free speech.
A comprehensive Human Rights Watch report has detailed laws used by the Indian state to stifle free speech and instances of curtailment since May 2014.
Lawrence Liang, lawyer and legal researcher, discusses the history of free speech, sedition and hate speech laws in India and the United States.
Free speech advocates expressed concern that the EU code of conduct would pressure companies to overcomply and remove lawful content out of an abundance of caution.
Thin-skinned icons are more dangerous to society than bumptious comedians.
Independent journalist Subir Ghosh and Supreme Court attorney Karuna Nundy in conversation with The Wire about media ethics, the law and corporate harassment of journalists.
A report from The Hoot calls the first quarter of 2016 “dire” for free speech, with numerous instances of sedition cases, violence, threats and censorship.
Lawyers must uphold the dignity of the profession, says the statement
The courts have stood on the side of Freedom of Expression, but sadly sedition continues to stand in our statute books.
David Mumford, professor emeritus at Harvard University and a winner of the Fields Medal, has written to the Director of IIT-Madras expressing his shock at the de-recognition of APSC
The SC has opened the door for frivolous cases brought by organisations on behalf of “historically respectable personalities”, that can and will cast a severe chilling effect upon political satire and other areas of core political speech.