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Why Pakistan keeps banning and unbanning TikTok

What is particularly embarrassing with Pakistan's fourth ban on TikTok in less than a year is that President Arif Alvi himself had recently joined the app.
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Nehru vs RSS-backed Organiser: A battle that led to curbs on our freedom of expression

The first amendment to the Constitution, brought in by the Nehru govt, drastically curbed freedom of speech, and was primarily due to a battle between him and RSS-backed Organiser.
Illustration: Soham Sen

Feel insulted, says cartoonist Manjul as experts question Modi govt’s request to Twitter

Twitter India had Friday mailed Manjul, informing him of a ‘request’ it received from ‘Indian law enforcement’, regarding his handle, @MANJULtoons, which allegedly ‘violated the law’.
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‘Criticism of govt not sedition’: What Kedar Nath ruling that SC quoted in Vinod Dua case says

The Supreme Court referred to the 1962 Kedar Nath judgment while quashing journalist Vinod Dua’s sedition case, saying journalists are 'entitled to protection’ under it.

Not just Modi govt’s tug-of-war with social media, balance of power shifting from users anyway

Whether it's Modi govt's new IT Rules or Twitter-Facebook-Whatsapp championing user privacy, both sides have sidelined users and claimed the ability to represent their rights.

Liberal democracies must worry about the power that Twitter, Facebook, Google have

Big Tech’s boycott of Donald Trump distracts from the real issue — the political power of social media.
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NCRB 2019 data shows 165% jump in sedition cases, 33% jump in UAPA cases under Modi govt

In recent years, sedition and UAPA have been weaponised against critics of the govt. National Crime Records Bureau’s recently-released data confirms this.
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Life of a judge is not a bed of roses, says Supreme Court judge NV Ramana

At a virtual book launch, the SC judge blamed the proliferation of social media for a sudden increase in attacks against judges.
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

280-character tweet is all it takes to destroy Indian democracy — if you believe Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's concern is apparently one of public faith. It is debatable whether Prashant Bhushan's conviction for contempt does more harm than good.
Anti-CAA protesters in Delhi lifting a banner which says reject CAB and boycott NRC.

‘Assault on rights to free speech, dissent’: 99 ex-IAS, IPS, IFS officers say in open letter

In the letter posted online by Constitutional Conduct Group, the signatories lamented the 'erosion' of the rule of law and 'misuse' of UAPA and sedition law.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.