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January 2014
Bar Association suspends Kerala woman lawyer for FB comment on male lawyers' 'silly behaviour'
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Journalists beaten up by police outside Bengal secretariat
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Sedition case against Kejriwal withdrawn
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Mumbai univ suspends professor for addressing media
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Terror threat: Restrictions imposed on cyber cafes
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Despite attack on AAP office, Arvind Kejriwal refuses security
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Centre issues new guidelines for phone interception
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Sahara gets stay on book and sues Mint for defamation
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Manipur Students' Federation lifts ban on Times of India
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Under pressure, UP government lifts ban on Times Now
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Swatanter Kumar files defamation case against media, intern
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Protesters attack Odia daily offices
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Bloomsbury withdraws 'The Descent of Air India', blames Praful Patel
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Dalit musician banned at Guruvayoor temple Written by Shaju
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Miscreants try to foment trouble over Facebook photo upload
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MIB orders WB to stop transmission for one day
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Editors Guild Expresses Concern About Court Gag Order
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Ban on media reporting of intern’s charges
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MU professor suspension revoked
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India asked us to block access to websites: Verizon
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Dwarka shankaracharya slaps reporter over query on Modi
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IJU condemns NSA summoning of editor for questioning

Google Takes Defamation Case to India's Supreme Court
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February 2014
Mumbai theatre Globus refuses to screen 'The Gujarat Promise' for fear of BJP backlash
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Row over curb on book at fair
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Shiv Sena Tries to Block Pakistani Band press meet
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Kalaghoda axes play after Hindu groups call it 'anti-national'; producers move it to YouTube
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Mouthshut site blocked

Magazine attacked by party workers for publishing Aseemanand interview
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Ban on Punjabi movie Kaun De Heere; Film producers knock the doors of Revision Committee
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Penguin to withdraw Wendy Doniger’s controversial book, The Hindus
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Havildar suspended for beating up journalist in Manipur
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Govt demands social networking sites to block 1,299 websites
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RSS workers stop screening of 'Ocean of Tears' at film festival
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Gunshots fired in front of IFP scribe’s gate
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Lok Sabha passes Telangana Bill amid TV blackout
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Journalist harassed after exposing tribal women’s exploitation
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Newspapers resume after four-day news blackout in Arunachal
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CBFC refuses to certify film on Sri Lankan war
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VIBGYOR film festival activists attacked

Pudumaipithan’s 2 short stories removed from Madras University curriculum
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Shinde 'crushing' media: meant social media, not electronic!
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Shiv Nadar biography shelved before publication
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Get fresh nod for film on Khairlanji massacre: HC
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March 2014
Another book on Hinduism by Wendy Doniger under attack
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Crores of people means crores of opinions: SC on hate speeches
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After Penguin, Aleph recalls Wendy Doniger's book
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Whistle blower website Savukku banned by Madras High Court
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Sedition charges for students who cheered Pakistan
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'Gulab Gang' stay order removed, to release tomorrow
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Sedition charge on Kashmiri students dropped
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Police advise organisers not to stage play in Chennai
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Aamir Khan complains about hate campaign
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Indian agency in RSF 'enemies of Internet' list
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CRPF use journalists as 'human shield' during Kashmir clashes
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Dhoni files defamation case against Zee, News Nation
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SC orders UIDAI not to share Aadhaar details with any agency
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1 booked for posting anti-BJP messages
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Hindu group demands ban on Ragini MMS 2, deportation of Sunny Leone
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Congress candidate Imran Masood who threatened to kill Narendra Modi arrested
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Santosh Sivan’s ‘Inam’ pulled from cinemas after Tamil groups protest
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April 2014
Book publisher comes under attack in Kerala
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Amit Shah booked for 'revenge' remark, EC asks for tapes of his speech
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Maoists say journalist killing was a mistake
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Union Minister Manish Tewari granted bail in defamation case
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Kerala HC HC restrains publication of book for 3 months
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EC bans Amit Shah, Azam Khan rallies
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Azam Khan booked for his Kargil remarks, remains defiant
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Reliance sends legal notice to authors of 'Gas wars'
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Journalists, politicians, assaulted by police in Ranchi
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Azam Khan threatens to take EC to court: lifting ban on Amit Shah ralies
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Defamation notice over Amul Girl ‘Besahara Parivar’ pun advt
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Togadia sends legal notice to media houses: hate speech
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Election Commission directs FIR against Pravin Togadia for ‘hate speech’
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BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi threatens reporter, deletes interview footage
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FIR against Ramdas Kadam for inflammatory speech
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Letter by St. Xavier’s principal to students taken down from college website; BJP moves EC against letter
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Four Photojournalists injured in poll violence in Rajasthan
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Police beat photo-journalists Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency
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Book on Sahara to be published with disclaimer: settlement on defamation notice
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Notice to sites over hate speech video
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Muzaffarnagar: Hindu youth booked for anti-Islam comment on Facebook
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Attack on activist Shabnam Hashmi with distributing pamphlets

Reliance serves legal notice to Moneylife
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Radia tapes: Supreme Court to first hear issue of right to privacy
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Petrol bomb hurled at The Tribune staffer’s house
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May 2014
Modi's DD interview snip: BJP livid, Congress keeps distance
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Blocking porn sites would cause greater harm, Centre tells Supreme Court
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Gujarat Lokayukta gags media, denies info on cases
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Court directs Union Ministry to block 'Savukku', proxy sites
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Giriraj Singh surrenders in hate speech case, granted bail
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Woman in Gujarat’s Snoopgate row moves Supreme Court against probe
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Anti-Dalit remarks: SC reprieve for Baba Ramdev, stays further action
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Ramdev faces Rs 1,000 cr defamation suit for remark on 'honeymoon' Rahul
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Gurudas Kamat files defamation suit against newspaper
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EC notice to Rahul over ‘hate speech’ in Himachal
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Swatanter Kumar defamation case: Lawyer seeks case to be moved out of Delhi
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Congress leader who threatened to shoot Narendra Modi dead arrested
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Hate speeches triggered Assam violence: report
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Giriraj says all terrorists from 'particular community'
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Journalist attacked in Assam violence
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Supreme Court junks plea on hate speeches during election campaigning
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Editor Sudhir Dhawale acquitted of sedition charges

Amid Stalin flip-flop, his men beat up journalists
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Police protection for Kannada writer and Modi critic UR Ananthamurthy
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Kejriwal arrested in Gadkari defamation case
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Omar lifts four-year ban on pre-paid mobile SMSs
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M Suchitra assaulted by sand mafia in Tamil Nadu
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AAP activist arrested for allegedly forwarding anti-Modi Text in Karnataka
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'Maan Karate' team summoned to court
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HC stops TV channels from showing Salman's hit-and-run case
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June 2014
Meira Kumar sacks Lok Sabha TV CEO on her last day in office
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Facebook pulls posts after Shiv Sena protests
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Book on sexual violence in Ahmedabad riots is ‘set aside’ by publisher
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Muslim techie killed in Pune, allegedly after controversial Facebook post
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Union minister Smriti Irani receives court summons in defamation case
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Odisha police crack TV journalist murder case
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Pune tense after Facebook posts about Dr Ambedkar
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Infosys issues legal notices to media houses
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Founder of HRS charged with Pune techie’s murder
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Kochi college principal, magazine editor booked for defaming Modi
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‘Destroy’ defamatory books on saints: Court
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Case against Ananthamurthy, Kalburgi for allegedly offending religious sentiments
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9 students held in Kerala for 'anti-Modi' crossword in college magazine
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Goa Police refuse to book Pramod Muthalik over hate speech
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Defamation: Vir Sanghvi convicted in 2004 case
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Publisher seeks ‘revisions’ in book on sexual violence during Ahmedabad riots
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Maharashtra: Facebook post sparks riot, 27 held
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Critically acclaimed Sri-Lankan movie pulled out of Chennai theatres
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July 2014
BJP among six foreign parties authorised for NSA surveillance
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Tapas Pal hate speech: FIRs lodged, more to follow
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India TV sends defamation notice to Newslaundry, Tanu Sharma
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Torrent and Other Websites Being Blocked by ISPs in India
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NRI booked for posting Goa minister’s picture in bikini on FB
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DNA pulls down article critical of Amit Shah
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Data on attacks on media to be maintained: Govt
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VHP halts play in Chandigarh
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Dabholkar death: Ex-top cop files defamation against Outlook on black magic claims
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AMU prof faces action over FB post against V-C
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Social activist threatened with rape in an FB post
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August 2014
Natwar Singh's book: threats to publication house
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Kerala Police Seek Video of Arundhati Roy's Alleged Defamatory Speech
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National Investion Agency snoops in Kochi All India Radio, quizzes staff
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Goa govt seeks undertaking from Tiatrists on criticism in performances
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Haryana police thrash journalists, six critically injured

Right-wing activists'threaten' tiatrist
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TRS MP Kavitha booked for sedition for saying J&K and Telangana forcefully annexed to India
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College retracts invite to Dalit activist after ABVP threat
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Mumbai police block FB page with 'offensive' photos of Hindu gods
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IB sounds alert ahead of film on Indira’s assassins
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TV9 apologies to MSOs, pleads to lift blockade
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Azam Khan files FIR against website for defamation
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Kumta: Student arrested for sending message allegedly mocking Anthem, insulting India
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Kerala student arrested for sedition: sitting when n'tl anthem was played in a cinema
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Punjabi film on Indira Gandhi's assassination will not release Friday, says I & B Ministry
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I&B Ministry cancels Sun Group’s cable TV Network
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SC seeks govt reply on PIL challenging powers of IT Act
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Man booked for Facebook comments against Anandiben
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Courts seeks ATR on hate speeches by Bhagwat, Togadia, Khan
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