FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

  • France denounces Egypt's decision to sentence journalists June 24, 2014

    Paris: France denounced Egypt's decision to sentence three journalists up to seven years in jail and called for freedom of expression, media reported Tuesday. "It is important that the Egyptian authorities ensure journalists' protection and guarantee a fair trial to defendants based on an independent investigation," Xinhua quoted Foreign Affairs Ministry's...
  • Indian journalist beats Edward Snowden to win 2014 Google Digital Activism Award March 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary is the winner of the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award. Choudhary conceptualised CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), a mobile-phone service that allows citizens to post and listen to local reports in their local language using basic mobile phones. Shubhranshu Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow...
  • Manish Tewari's suggestion of licensing journalists is against freedom of expression: SAMC August 23, 2013

    South Asia Media Commission on Friday said Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari's suggestion of licensing journalists was against the right of freedom of expression. It said media organisations would do well to formulate a credible plan for a mechanism at the professional level at the earliest as "the delay on...
  • Delhi NGO empowers students to express through films, pictures February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: At a time when freedom of expression is being challenged at many forums in India, Adobe Youth Voices is trying to do just the opposite. The Delhi NGO is empowering students to tell their own stories using films and pictures. Fifteenyearold Pratibha Jha wants to be a filmmaker....
  • Everybody should have freedom of expression, says Shah Rukh Khan February 8, 2013

    Shah Rukh Khan was in Delhi on February 7 to launch a new collection of ladies' watches by Tag Heuer. Our Correspondent caught up with the actor and got him talking about the growing intolerance towards freedom of expression and his next projects. ...
  • The Last Word: Why is Indian society unable to stand up for freedom of expression? February 6, 2013

    The VHP's women wing on Wednesday continued to disrupt an exhibition at Delhi Art Gallery saying it portrayed women in a bad way. ...
  • 'Media industry to be consulted while framing sector policies' February 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has said the government will take media and advertising industry into confidence before formulating policies relating to the sector. "It will be the endeavour of the government to take the industry (media and advertising) into confidence before we even take a single...
  • India drops to 140th rank in press freedom, lowest since 2002 January 30, 2013

    Washington: India has dropped nine places to 140th rank in the list of 179 countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index, which its authors said is the lowest for the "world's biggest democracy" since 2002. "In Asia, India (140th, 9) is at its lowest since 2002 because of increasing impunity...
  • Support pours in for Indian rationalist forced to live in Finland December 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Support has started pouring in for Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku, has been forced to live outside India as he fears an arrest back home. He has been accused of hurting religious sentiments and an FIR has been registered against him in Mumbai. Edamaruku spoke to CNNIBN Deputy Editor...
  • Sedition: does it have any place in modern India? September 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Now that Kanpurbased cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has been charged with sedition for his cartoons that 'mocked' the country's political class, Parliament and the national emblem, one has to bear in mind that the word "sedition" does not actually figure anywhere in the Indian Constitution. It is an offence...
  • Myanmar govt ends censorship of local media August 20, 2012

    Yangon: Myanmar's government said on Monday it was abolishing the harsh practice of directly censoring the country's media, the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the longrepressed nation. Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as...
  • Pranab voices concern over disruption of Parliament May 19, 2012

    Udaipur: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed concern over frequent disruption of Parliamentary proceedings. He said while everybody had the right to freedom of expression, it should not impinge upon the right of others to speak. Delivering a lecture at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Mohan Lal Sukhadia University...
  • Freedom of speech needs a relook: Rahul Bose January 24, 2012

    In the ongoing Rushdie row at the Jaipur Literature Festival, actor Rahul Bose drew attention to the limitations in the Constitution concerning freedom of expression in the country. "We need to take a look at 'Freedom of Speech' under the Constitution of India. We need to campaign for change," he...
  • Netizens outsmart Gaddafi, subvert internet ban February 28, 2011

    Mohamed Nabbousi, a technical wizard, managed to stream protestsrelated videos despite the ban on internet. ...
  • Court refuses to ban Sarkozy voodoo dolls October 30, 2008

    Paris: A Paris court has seen a funny side to hotselling voodoo dolls of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, refusing his lawyer's request to order them pulled from sale. Sarkozy's attorney had argued that the president like any French person owns the right to his own image under the law. But publishing...
  • Taslima's truce: Stifled or freedom compromised? December 1, 2007

    Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Friday buckled under pressure from protestors and the Government by withdrawing passages from her autobiography Dwikhandita that were believed to be antiIslamic. She told CNNIBN that for the first time in her life, a socalled secular India had forced her to compromise on her...
  • Writers' bloc: No takers for freedom of expression November 25, 2007

    New Delhi: The flurry of activity centering around controversial writer Taslima Nasrin over the last few days has India's intellectual community voicing their views on the freedom of expression and the limits on that freedom. At first it was author Salman Rushdie, then painter MF Husain and then the artists...
  • Govt can ban a newspaper, book: SC May 6, 2007

    New Delhi: In a oneoff case, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government has the power to ban or forfeit any publication that endangers public order, even if it means restricting the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. Government has the power to confiscate material, which contain...