Freedom of Press

Freedom of Speech

Justice Deepak Gupta: ‘Criticism of government, army & judiciary can’t be construed as sedition’

Speaking on ‘Law of Sedition and Freedom of Expression’ during a lawyers’ workshop in Ahmedabad on Saturday, Justice Gupta maintained that in the absence of dissent, democracy will ultimately get replaced by a police state in the country

September 8,2019

Freedom of Press

Comment | Press Council of India faces crisis of conscience and credibility 

PCI’s opposition to the journalists who are trying to cover Kashmir lockdown, in the name of “national interest”, has a chilling effect that could deter well-spirited media houses from taking stands contrary to the incumbent government.

August 28,2019

Freedom of Press

Press Council of India under fire for ‘perversely’ opposing plea for press freedom in Jammu & Kashmir

Several media bodies and civil society members on Tuesday slammed PCI for brazenly jumping its mandate to support communications blackout and media restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir

August 27,2019

Freedom of Press

Assange’s arrest: “Stolen Documents" and the assault on press freedom

Reminiscent of India, the stolen documents argument sets an “especially dangerous precedent for journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest”.

April 17,2019

Case update

SC: Rafale, right to publish documents is in consonance with freedom of speech

No power with the executive arm  to restrain publication or placing of secret documents before a court of law, says court.

April 10,2019

Case update

Delhi HC dismisses India TV’s plea to restrain its journalist from joining rival news-channel

“Any injunction would also be in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. The right to life with human dignity of a person is a fundamental right of every citizen for pursuit of happiness and excellence,” the court order read, adding that “Liberty aims at freedom not only from arbitrary restraint but also to secure such conditions which are essential for the full development of human personality.”

February 5,2019

Freedom of Speech

Free Speech in India 2018

The range of curbs on free speech, with unreasonable and often illegal clampdowns from various quarters – the State, both at the Centre and respective state governments; non-state actors and vigilante groups; corporations and industrialists, provides a glimpse of the challenges ahead as India heads into a national election that promises to be one of the most fiercely contested amid an increasingly polarised polity.

December 31,2018

Editor's Desk

The Last of the Mombattiwalas

A beacon of free and fair press, anti-Emergency warrior who had served jail time during Indira Gandhi’s regime, a pacifist and advocate of India-Pakistan peace process, and a fierce critic of Hindutva, Nayar was a ‘gentle colossus’ fondly remembered by almost every senior journalist in Delhi today.

August 23,2018

Law and Religion

Why India’s ‘blasphemy law’ should go

Paired with the fact that a suit can be filed at any of the 600 district courts across the nation, Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code prima facie seems facilitative of abuse and harassment. This misuse was pre-empted by the Section’s drafting committee which feared that it might be used to target not just the ‘scurrilous scribbler’, but also any form criticism or mere comment upon religious matters.

August 21,2018

Independence of judiciary

[FULL TEXT] Third RNG Lecture by Justice Gogoi

‘Justice is not something that is a standalone precept but an amalgam of other ideals like “socialism”; “democracy”; “liberty”; “equality”; “fraternity”, to name a few. They are not isolated silos because their undying endeavour is to establish one discipline - of overall justice, of an inclusive society.’

July 13,2018

Freedom of Press

A loud silencing

Those who advocate dialogue in Kashmir have become the prime targets of not just the terror groups but also government agencies, for working tirelessly and documenting the complex reality of Kashmir.

June 22,2018

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