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Distinction between free speech, sedition is being lost sight of by establishment -Madan B Lokur

-The Indian Express Madan B Lokur writes: It is time for the establishment to realise that the people of this country mean well, and in any democracy, there are bound to be different points of view. A gradual erosion of one of our most precious fundamental rights — the right to Freedom of Speech and expression — is adversely impacting the liberty of all those who dare to speak up. Our freedom...

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NCRB 2019 data shows 165% jump in sedition cases, 33% jump in UAPA cases under Modi govt -Leah Verghese

-ThePrint.in In recent years, sedition and UAPA have been weaponised against critics of the govt. National Crime Records Bureau’s recently-released data confirms this. A journalist from Kerala was accused of sedition and various offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, (UAPA) and arrested on the way to Hathras on October 7. In recent years, sedition and UAPA have been weaponised and used routinely against critics of various ruling governments. Data from...

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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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