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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)

Indians are routinely subjected to government surveillance on a staggering scale -7500 to 9000 telephone interception orders by the Central Government each month!  Excerpt from a report by SOFTWARE FREEDOM LAW CENTRE, INDIA



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