FREEDOM OF SPEECH

  • Freedom of speech comes with responsibility: Prakash Javdekar June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Freedom of speech comes with responsibility and activities on social media should unite rather than divide, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday against the backdrop of murder of a techie in Pune. "Freedom of speech and expression comes with responsibility. #SocialMedia activities should b(e) for Unity...
  • After '60,000 views in 20 hours' narendramodiplans.com taken down July 17, 2013

    Update 2: Rahul Roushan, editor Faking News, explains why he thinks narendramodiplans.com's motives seem suspect. Update: The narendramodiplans.com domain name now leads to a 404 GitHub page. In an email response to IBNLive, the creator of the website declined to elaborate upon the reasons behind taking down the site and...
  • 'Vishwaroopam' row: Centre forms Committee to review Cinema Act February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of row over Kamal Haasan's movie 'Vishwaroopam', the centre on Monday set up a committee to review the powers of the Censor Board and suggest measures to enable it to deal with contemporary requirements of certification. The eightmember committee, headed by Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, would...
  • Asking for Nandy's arrest was unnecessary: Tharoor February 3, 2013

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. Are we becoming an intolerant society and is the Indian state defensive freedom of speech weak and equivocal? Those are the two issues I should raise today with the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, speaking in his individual...
  • Will online freedom of speech decrease even further? January 11, 2013

    The internet's a brave new world in so many waysdriven by the young invigorating the old. About 150 million Indians are on the web now. Earlier, to express ideas publicly, you had to go through a newspaper, magazine, TV or a radio station before. The guardians of media regulated how...
  • Watch artist Anish Kapoor's 'Gangnam for Freedom' November 23, 2012

    New Delhi: British artist of Indian origin, Anish Kapoor, has made his own version of a music video which features the global super hit number 'Gangnam Style' by Korean rap sensation Psy in support of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei and to promote freedom of speech and expression. Kapoor's version of the...
  • Girls' arrest: Sibal blames enforcement agencies, not the law November 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The arrest of two girls in Maharashtra for a Facebook post in which they criticised the closure of Mumbai over Bal Thackeray's death has become a national talking point. The event has outraged people all over the country who are now looking for answers from the state as...
  • Freedom of speech, expression non negotiable: Tewari November 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Freedom of speech and expression are non negotiable entities and there is a need to find a "golden mean" between this freedom and reasonable restrictions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said. "I think at that at the end of the day there will be anybody...
  • 'AntiIslam' film is ugly: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad September 24, 2012

    In an exclusive interview to CNN, Ahmadinejad accused the West of abusing the freedom of speech and said a war between Israel and Iran was imminent. ...
  • 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...
  • Judiciary can't regulate press freedom: Jethmalani April 18, 2012

    New Delhi: A person's right to free and fair trial enjoys no primacy over the right to freedom of speech and expression of the media, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Fundamental rights could only be restricted by a legislation passed by parliament and no guidelines by...
  • FTN: Is freedom of speech an absolute right? October 13, 2011

    Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena members on Wednesday attacked Prashant Bhushan over his comment on Kashmir. ...
  • Bhushan attack a sign of growing intolerance? October 12, 2011

    Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan was attacked by three men for his comments on the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the Kashmir Valley. ...
  • Bhushan attack: Alternate views unacceptable? October 12, 2011

    New Delhi: In the backdrop of the shocking attack on senior lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan, the question that arises is whether this is another example of how our society is getting even more intolerant. Many attempts have been made in the past to muzzle free speech. On...