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Freed scribe vows to carry on fight for free speech -Rahul Karmakar

du Guwahati: Kishorechandra Wangkhem, the 39-year-old television anchor who was freed on Wednesday after four months in prison on charges of sedition under NSA, said he would continue to fight for Freedom of Speech. He also said that he would do his bit towards getting another “draconian piece of law” — the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 — scrapped. “NSA and AFSPA are draconian laws not suitable for a dem

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Online trolling takes its toll on the country's press freedom ranking

Provisions under the Representation of the People Act (1951) * Section 8 disqualifies a person from contesting election if s/he is convicted for indulging in acts amounting to illegitimate use of Freedom of Speech and expression.   * Section 123(3A) and section 125 prohibits promotion of enmity on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language in connection with election as a corrupt electoral practice and prohibits it.  

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Most number of MPs/ MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from Uttar Pradesh

017 on Hate Speech states that “Hate Speech” has not been defined in any law in India. However, legal provisions in certain legislations prohibit select forms of speech as an exception to Freedom of Speech. The term “Hate Speech” has been used invariably to mean expression which is abusive, insulting, intimidating, harassing or which incites violence, hatred or discrimination against groups identified by characteristics such as

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Facing the slowdown -Kaushik Basu

to make policy corrections. To begin with, some history. India had many achievements to be proud of during the first four decades after its independence — a vibrant democracy, secularism and Freedom of Speech, comparable to many advanced economies — but economic growth was not one of them. India’s growth picked up only after 1990 and in three broad steps. It began with the reforms initiated by Manmohan Singh, with Narasimha Rao as

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Unwitting, careless 'insults' to religion must not be prosecuted: SC -Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: In a pronouncement that reiterates the constitutional protection to Freedom of Speech and expression, the Supreme Court has said that unwitting or careless "insults" to religion should not be prosecuted as this would amount to misuse of law. Concerned by the misuse of Section 295A of IPC, which provides up to three years' jail term for hurting religious sentiments, the Supreme Court limited the applicab

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Set up body to look into complaints against channels: Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra

aiswal and Bhushan stressed that the government should not be given control of the regulatory mechanism as the ruling dispensation would use it to throttle those critical of it, in gross violation of Freedom of Speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 (1)(a) of the Constitution. The bench clarified that when it suggested a regulatory mechanism, it meant a complaint redressal system to address grievances of citizens relating to social issues l

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Information Commission Claims It Doesn't Have Time to Answer RTI Requests -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

is done in a public way, by their public functionaries. Thus the right to know constitutes the very basis of democracy. This right is implicit in our constitution in Article 19(1)(a) on the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression and Article 21 on Right to Life.” The report also states that “the Central Information Commission came into existence in October 2005 by the enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005 by the parliament

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NCRB goofs up on number of arrests under cyber law Sec 66A -Aloke Tikku

under Section 66A at 3,137 in 2015 and 2423 in 2014. This implied that the police arrested, on an average, 8 people every day in 2015 though the law had been scrapped for violating the constitutional Freedom of Speech and expression. Section 66A prescribed a three-year jail term for online content that could be construed to be offensive or false. The NCRB reviewed figures in its reports after the Hindustan Times report, SC scrapped it, but thous

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Covering violence: Social responsibility, self-regulation a must for the media -Satya Prakash

peacemakers but certainly they can’t be troublemakers. However, no one can take away a journalist’s right to chronicle events as they become history. It’s part of their right to Freedom of Speech and expression – a fundamental right recognized under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. But it’s equally true that this right is subject to several reasonable restrictions, including sovereignty and integrity of India, se

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NGO Common Cause moves SC challenging misuse of sedition law -Priyanka Mittal NGO Common Cause said in a petition that governments and law enforcement agencies had abused sedition laws to gag dissent, suppress Freedom of Speech and expression and to muzzle critical voices New Delhi: Common Cause, a non-governmental organization, on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court, alleging misuse and misapplication of sedition laws by successive governments, leading to routine persecution of students, journalists and in

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