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The fracas over the publication of an e-zine by students of St Stephen's College tests the elasticity of freedom of speech.  Will Art 19 apply to restrictions by private citizens against one another, asks APARAJITA LATH

The government's refusal to share information on blocking of online content renders legislative safeguards ineffective.  A special report from SOFTWARE FREEDOM LAW CENTRE (SFLC, INDIA)

Freedom of speech cannot be encroached upon if there is no incitement to violence or intention of disrupting public order, says the judgement.  Along with guidelines on written legal opinion before police invoke sedition, the judgement is a step forward in the dismantling of the colonial-era law, says GEETA SESHU

Documentary film-maker Pankaj Butalia's The Textures of Loss provokes an SC judge to comment on balanced portrayal.  Is there no place for ‘cinema verite' in documentaries, asks SAURAV DATTA. Pix: Pankaj Butalia, incrisd.slashnode.in

Shirin Dalvi, the editor of Urdu newspaper Avadhnama, was arrested in Mumbai for publishing a cartoon of the Charlie Hebdo cover.  She is upset at efforts to defame her, she tells GEETA SESHU.

The law allows authorities to block large amounts of content in secrecy, without adequate demonstration of necessity, and in a disproportionate manner.  The rules for blocking provide little by way of rights safeguards, says JAYSHREE BAJORIA

Dhaka-based journalist David Bergman has been convicted of contempt over his blog on the Bangladesh War of Liberation.  RAKESH SHUKLA argues for the law to be revised (Photo credit: bdnews24.com).

First it criminalized dissent on social media, now it seeks to regulate 'tiatr', Goa's traditional satirical performances  But the malaise is deeper, says FREDERICK NORONHA

Andhra Prabha journalist MVN Shankar wrote about the kerosene oil mafia in Guntur just days before he was fatally attacked.  GEETA SESHU reports

Upset with Monalisa Changkija's new book, the tribal body Ao Senden has banned it.  Once again, writes SUBIR BHAUMIK, the issue of freedom of expression is at stake. (Pix: Monalisa Changkija; photo credit: northeastreview.wordpress.com)



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