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No ‘complete ban’ on protests at Jantar Mantar: SC Big win for Freedom of Expression

On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that there could not be a “complete ban” on protests at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, and directed the Central Government to formulate guidelines regarding protests. The ruling came after a petition was filed by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), challenging a 2017 order by the…

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India cuts a Sorry Figure on World Press Freedom Day Attacks on media persons continue with impunity across the country

May 3 is the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993 on the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. It is therefore a somber day for Indian journalists given how the Press Freedom is being curtailed in the country, by both, state and non state actors.…

SC’s Verdict for Free Expression Upholds Bahujan Interpretation of Political Economy: Kancha Ilaiah’s Case

The Supreme Court on Friday, October 13, refused to entertain a PIL by an advocate of Delhi seeking to impose a ban on the book Komatlu Samajika Smugglerlu (Komatlu Social Smugglers) published by Prof. Kancha Ilaiah   http://cjp.org.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/June-7-17-letter-to-DIG-CISF.pdf A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud dismissed the…

Freedom To Dissent

  JUNE, 1994 FREEDOM TO DISSENT COVER STORY In any secular democracy, the right to equality, the freedom to practice one’s faith and the right to life with dignity go hand in hand with the freedom of expression which includes the right to dissent. If minority rights are inconceivable except in a democracy, democracy itself…

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