Tamil author and scholar Perumal Murugan talks about the importance of translations, the role of Sahitya Akademi and his return to writing in a conversation with The Wire’s books editor Omair Ahmad.
While action was earlier taken at the behest of top leaders, activists allege that the bureaucracy and police are now acting on their own whims.
Ordinary and extraordinary Indians, from the villagers of Tamil Nadu to the Anand Margis to Deepika Padukone, are defending their right to free speech and expression.
Close proximity to Parliament and the presence of a police station nearby made it a perfect place for protests for nearly twenty five years.
The disturbing trend of the judiciary authoring restrictions on speech beyond what is constitutionally sanctioned gives the impression that restriction is the norm and speech is the exception.
‘We always said the case against us was frivolous, we will continue to pursue the case of irregularities highlighted by CAG, Home Ministry”, says founding editor of The Wire
Yee’s trials in Singapore were closely watched by rights groups, and fuelled debate in Singapore over censorship, the limits of free speech and political correctness.
Prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for the newspaper staff, who stand accused of targeting Erdogan through “asymmetric war methods.”
The arrest of Kem Sokha on Sunday drew Western condemnation and marked an escalation in a crackdown on critics of Hun Sen.
If the intensity of state propaganda over the last few years is anything to go by, Erdogan and AKP have moved well beyond considerations of “soft power”.
In the past, English language newspapers have been left alone by the government, but a sudden demand for tax payments directed at the Cambodian Daily indicates that the situation has changed.
At an event on Sunday, senior BJP leaders including Union minister Radha Mohan Singh began yelling at Drèze as he criticised the Jharkhand government and demanded that he be removed from the stage.
The court also directed the managing editor of Mercantile Samachar to pay Rs 30,000 in “symbolic damages” to a man who alleges that he was defamed by the publication.
Despite sweeping reforms to Vietnam’s economy and growing openness to social change, the ruling party does not tolerate criticism.
The ICT Act is now allegedly routinely used to suppress freedom of speech and harass writers, activists and journalists, often for their comments on social media.
In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible – and audible – source of inspiration for the opposition movement.
The law in its present form prohibits use of the telecoms network to “obstruct, defame, inappropriately influence or intimidate” and has been used to jail journalists and activists.
The combination of a government-backed legal crackdown on religious speech and vigilante justice is creating a toxic mix of violent suppression.
In the light of the CBI’s raid on NDTV, the veteran editor says official attempts to muzzle the press can only be fought off if journalists stick together.
In a speech on Friday, the senior Supreme Court advocate pointed out that the press and an independent judiciary were the only safeguards to an open democracy, especially during times of single-party majoritarian government rule.
Threats, political intimidation and arrests are common place for those posting content criticising the government, even under the administration of Nobel prizewinner Suu Kyi.
Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.
Comments like ‘little girl needs to keep to herself before daddy breaks her face’ get a free pass in the name of free speech.
The Hoot’s annual report on freedom of speech takes a comprehensive look at the sad state of affairs in India when it comes to press freedoms or societal freedom.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
Sunil Waghmare was first beaten up by college students and colleagues for his comment and then arrested by police for hurting religious sentiments.
Ravish Kumar on the dismal state of Indian politics and journalism
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.
A new report from the Software Freedom Law Centre highlights the different kinds of harassment faced online and makes recommendations on how this could be curbed at the user and online intermediary level.
Given that it is in effect state sanctioned, the ‘festival of writing’ will not see discussions on the restrictive and censorious environment Bangladeshi writers are forced to work in.
The Indian state has a propensity to censor regardless of the government in power. Nevertheless, the ban imposed on NDTV India is a significant escalation against the country’s free press.
The decision to put on hold the ban on NDTV India is a threat only half withdrawn because of the nationwide protests. The Modi government continues to create a toxic discourse around national security with the idea of nibbling at various freedoms guaranteed under the constitution.
A journalist at an English-language newspaper said she was fired following government criticism of her reporting of allegations of rape by soldiers
In addition to staffers resigning unexpectedly, the university’s decision to moderate its students’ emails has raised concerns about their freedom of speech.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
A statement by Tamil poet and novelist Perumal Murugan on ending his self-imposed literary exile.
The misapplication of the sedition law inhibits opposition against the ruling party and violates freedom of expression, in addition to harassing the accused.
“The bill prevents journalists from reporting allegations if the accused refuses to comment, preventing coverage of speeches at political rallies, and gives government authorities sweeping powers to target the media,” said the Maldives United Opposition coalition.
Santosh Yadav has said that an inmate was planning an attack on him and has expressed apprehensions of being killed inside the jail.
Judges should limit their scrutiny to questions of legal interpretation, procedural infractions and the confines of the constitution, and not wade into the territory of moral or artistic judgement.