ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Freedom of speechSubscribe to Freedom of speech

The IT Amendment Rules, 2023

The Information Technology Amendment Rules of 2023 grant the union government the authority to remove any online content pertaining to its business that it deems to be false or misleading. Under these rules, social media platforms and intermediaries will be deprived of the protection of the safe harbour principle if they fail to comply with government orders. The use of vague and broad wording “in respect of any business” raises concerns over its chilling effect on the right to freedom of speech and expression.

Reading Press Freedom through Constitutional and Legal History

Between Freedom and Unfreedom: The Press in Independent India by V Krishna Ananth, Gurgaon, Haryana, India: The Alcove Publishers, 2020; pp 445, `599 (Paperback).

Predicament of the Social Media Ordinance

Using ordinance to protect freedom of expression from foul speech may result in damaging decent communication.

Safeguarding Fundamental Rights

In recent times, the right to speech, expression and the right to protest have been constantly undermined. An attack on these rights runs contrary to the spirit of civilised democracy. We need to exercise these rights within the Constitution’s conditions and the government is duty-bound to provide these conditions.

Elections Alone Do Not Make a Democracy

The ideals of democracy and capitalism are antithetical to each other.

Selling the Fourth Estate: How Free is Indian Media?

A reading list examining the state of freedom of press in contemporary times through EPW’s archives.

Censorship through the Ages

The Writer, the Reader and the State: Literary Censorship in India by Mini Chandran, New Delhi, California, London and Singapore: Sage Publications, 2017; pp xxxv + 191, `695.

 

Dialogical Dreams

Debating India: Essays on Indian Political Discourse by Bhikhu Parekh; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015; pp 374, ₹895.

Politics of Film Censorship

The recent drama around the resignation of the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification has served to focus attention on some basic issues of film censorship/certification in India and the limits of tolerance and sensitivity associated with the current censorship regime. But it has also overshadowed the issue of politically motivated film censorship, cases of which are becoming all too frequent.

Contempt of Court and Free Speech

Contempt of Court by C J Miller; Oxford University Press, pp 769, £ 125. 

Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information: Essays in Honour of Sir David Williams edited by Jack Beatson and Yuonne Cripps; Oxford University Press, pp 421, £ 35.
Back to Top