The sentence of conviction of a columnist for making allegedly casteist remarks has important repercussions for both free speech and hate speech,
and a debate is called for, say the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists)
Should a self-proclaimed champion of peace be so reckless in his use/misuse of inflammable words? Or are we dealing here with calculated ambiguity, a deliberate playing with fire?
asks JAVED ANAND, supporting the visa ban on Islamic televangelist Dr Zakir Naik
The legislative intention of hate speech laws seem to be on a permanent collision course with their real effects. Rather than protecting minorities from the vitriolic outbursts of the law has been consistently used by an intolerant majority whose sentiments are easily hurt.
Hate speech laws are in desperate need of review and overhaul, urges LAWRENCE LIANG.