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

-The Hindu 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...

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

  There is some bad news for the world’s largest democracy. Thanks to the vitiated atmosphere induced by troll attacks on scribes on the social media, among other things, the country's World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) ranking has fallen two places to 138th position.   Among 180 countries, India ranked 136th last year with a score of 42.94. However, in 2018 it attained 138th position with a score of 43.24 according to...

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

-Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) The Law Commission Report no. 267 of March 2017 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...

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Facing the slowdown -Kaushik Basu

-The Indian Express India’s economy is not doing well. Only carefully crafted policy reforms can turn it around The Indian government recently lowered its economic growth forecast for 2017-18 to 6.5 per cent, and there is reason to be concerned. That the economy would suffer a slowdown after demonetisation was inevitable, as all professional economists could see. But growth dropping to 5.7 per cent and 6.3 per cent in, respectively, the first...

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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 applicability of...

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