Posts Tagged freedom of speech
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of mischief. Anybody converting freedom of speech to freedom of mischief has to face the consequences like criminal proceedings leading to arrest and civil liability to pay monetary damages or apology if the aggrieved party accepts the apology. The law exists for all these situations. It is because we already have very strong laws on the subject and our judiciary is not only independent but powerful that we never required the legal provisions of Sec 66A of the IT Act. It is in this context that the Supreme Court ruling declaring it unconstitutional has been welcomed across the board.
Afraid of confronting the assassins of freedom of expression, media owners and their employee journalists are propagating the doctrine of reasonable restrictions on the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression as if those exercising this right are unaware of what it mandates. Let it be made abundantly clear that nobody under the sun has any right to kill anybody else under the pretext of hurting religious feelings of others. If anybody feels hurt, the law provides remedies for it. No individual can take the law in his own hands and execute the writer, author or speaker. Similarly, freedom of speech does not give a person an absolute right or licence to indulge in hate campaigns against followers of a particular faith or their icons in a mischievous manner only to create a law and order situation anywhere. The social, religious, economic and other powers have always tried to restrict the freedom of speech but they had to give in at the end. Galileo would have been killed for speaking something which at that point of time amounted to blasphemy, but today it is called science. Most medieval societies
The Government of India in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting proposes to recast guidelines for television channels to curb content considered vulgar, obscene, anti-national or hurtful to any community. The Broadcast Editors’ Association has come out with strong opposition to this move. Advocacy groups for freedom of speech and expression, civil liberties, other citizen […]