Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
TopicFree speech

Topic: free speech

‘Will invite critics to watch’, says ‘Kaali’ film-maker after backlash over goddess poster

Leena Manimekalai’s poster for documentary, showing a woman dressed as Goddess Kali smoking a cigarette, has led to calls for her arrest. I have nothing to lose, she says in response.

7 yrs after ‘draconian’ Sec 66A was quashed, India proposes identical steps at UN conference

At conference to negotiate UN cybercrime treaty, Indian proposal echoes Section 66A curbs, calls for criminalisation of sharing ‘grossly offensive’ messages, among other things.

Jinnah wanted Pakistani press to be fearless but the leaders didn’t listen— Zia to Imran

From Zia-ul-Haq’s infamous vetting of newspapers to Nawaz Sharif tapping phone conversations of journalists, journalism in Pakistan has been a daunting profession.

Asia poses a challenge to Elon Musk’s idea of ‘free speech’ on Twitter

Asia, home to more than half the world’s population, is Twitter’s biggest growth opportunity and arguably a far thornier challenge.

‘Go to hell’ — Imran Khan govt faces journalists’ wrath on new law curbing dissent

Pakistan govt claims the amendment to Electronic Crimes Prevention Act will help curb 'fake news' on social media. Journalists and opposition say it's a 'new tool of control'.

Manish Sisodia orders withdrawal of action against student for remarks on Arvind Kejriwal

A fine of Rs 5,000 had been imposed on Neha, a final year student of Ambedkar University, last week for allegedly posting derogatory comments against Arvind Kejriwal last year.

Right to free speech is democracy’s precious gift, but not when it stifles others’ voices

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

Supreme Court giving Sudarshan News case a constitutional colour is curious

The facts of the case are so cut-and-dried that Supreme Court's constitutional question about seeking a balance between free speech and right to equality doesn’t arise.

Facebook’s reluctance to take down problem posts must force India towards co-regulation

Guidelines of Twitter and Facebook have drawbacks because they do not apply universally and are determined by platforms themselves.

Congress attack on Arnab has a Nehru legacy. Curb on free speech is built into party’s DNA

Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami had questioned Sonia Gandhi's silence on Palghar lynching. What followed is a reminder of what Congress has practised for years.

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Ministry of Defence headquarters | Representational image | Commons

SPARSH will make defence pension digital, but problems won’t disappear. Ask pensioners

Failure to implement revised OROP and go for SPARSH should ring alarm bells for defence minister. And it won’t be ‘minimum govt, maximum governance’.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Women Army officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 ( representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.