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People burning a copy of The Satanic Verses.

The Free Speech Phobia, Book Ban, Fatwa And Beyond Salman Rushdie

'Nothing is too profane to write, albeit nothing is too sacred to ban. Some of the bannings, if we analyse, are revenge bans. That occurs when the sect prohibiting the book is offended by another ban of a certain book they...

31 August 2022

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie Is On Road To Recovery, Condition Headed In Right Direction, Says Agent

Salman Rushdie was stabbed up to 10 times in a 'targeted, unprovoked, preplanned attack', according to officials quoted by US media.


Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, The Free Speech Champion Who Lived In Hiding For Nine Years

Salman Rushdie was both idolised and demonised for a singular trait that defined his life and works — championing free speech.


There is an online campaign to boycott the film Laal Singh Chaddha

Is Laal Singh Chaddha Boycott A Gandhian Campaign?

The most unfortunate part of the boycott campaign is the way some have supported it by invoking Mahatma Gandhi, citing his call to boycott foreign goods in the non-cooperation movement. This is problematic as it tries to...

21 August 2022

Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old man who stabbed Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie's Attacker Faces Attempted Murder, Assault Charges

Salman Rushdie's attacker's social media show he is sympathetic to Shia extremism and Iran. In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an edict calling for Rushdie's death.


Salman Rushdie has received death threats from a section of Muslims over his book The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie: The Man Who ‘Provoked’ The Muslim World

Salman Rushdie’s literature and life address one of the most important questions of the modern world: How free should a speech be? Some critics continue to believe that Rushdie exploited his freedom in order to disparage...

13 August 2022

Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old man who stabbed Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie's Attacker Indicted For Attempted Murder, Assault

Salman Rushdie's attacker has been indicted with a count of second-degree attempted murder and a count of second degree assault, as per a report.

18 August 2022

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Writer Salman Rushdie has received death threats over his book The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses Is Not The Only Book To Be Banned, Here Are Others That Were Banned

Salman Rushdie is not the only author whose book has attracted blatant detestation. There are umpteen number of instances when books have been banned as they hurt sentiments of a community or threatened the authority of the...

13 August 2022

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29 July 2022
‘Right To Comment On Content On Social Media, TV channels Facet Of Free Speech’: Delhi HC

‘Right To Comment On Content On Social Media, TV channels Facet Of Free Speech’: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court was passing an order on a lawsuit by a media house against online news portal Newslaundry for allegedly ridiculing and defaming its news...


29 June 2022
Yashwant Sinha Claims The Nation Needs A Thinking, Speaking President And Not A Rubber Stamp

Yashwant Sinha Claims The Nation Needs A Thinking, Speaking President And Not A Rubber Stamp

Ahead of the presidential elections, candidate of joint Opposition, Yashwant Sinha has claimed that a 'thinking and speaking' person should become the...


28 June 2022
G7 Summit: Leaders Focus On Protection Of Free Speech, Cyber Resilience And Access To Reliable Information

G7 Summit: Leaders Focus On Protection Of Free Speech, Cyber Resilience And Access To Reliable Information

In a joint statement titled '2022 Resilient Democracies Statement' issued on Monday during the G7 Summit, the leaders said they are prepared to defend these...


24 June 2022
Remarks Against Prophet Muhammad: A History Of Blasphemy

Remarks Against Prophet Muhammad: A History Of Blasphemy

Can free speech have any redline? Are taunts at the Prophet of Islam deliberately aimed to provoke reaction? These are vexing questions the world has been...


03 June 2022
Explained: The Tiananmen Square Massacre, The Protests That Chinese Crushed, And 'Tank Man'

Explained: The Tiananmen Square Massacre, The Protests That Chinese Crushed, And 'Tank Man'

The Tiananmen Square produced one of the most iconic images of all time in which an unidentified man blocked the path of Chinese tanks.


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27 April 2022
How Elon Musk's 'Absolutist' Free Speech Approach Could Collide With Europe's Tech Rules

How Elon Musk's 'Absolutist' Free Speech Approach Could Collide With Europe's Tech Rules

A new EU law will require big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Meta to police their platforms more strictly or face billions in fines.


27 April 2022
Musk's Twitter Ambitions To Collide With Europe's Tech Rules

Musk's Twitter Ambitions To Collide With Europe's Tech Rules

Musk will soon be confronted with Europe's Digital Services Act, which will require big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook parent Meta to police...


27 April 2022
‘Society Needs More Platforms For Calling Out Fake News,’ Says Anand Mahindra After Elon Musk’s Successful Twitter Bid

‘Society Needs More Platforms For Calling Out Fake News,’ Says Anand Mahindra After Elon Musk’s Successful Twitter Bid

The development comes after the social media platform’s board Monday, decided to sell a 100 per cent stake of the company to the Tesla and SpaceX CEO worth...


26 April 2022
A ‘Free’ Twitter Post Musk?

A ‘Free’ Twitter Post Musk?

The world’s richest man has won Twitter in a $44 billion deal. But the question is can he really win over twitter? Can he really make the platform...


14 March 2022
Press Council Report On Press Freedom Indictment Of J&K Govt: National Conference

Press Council Report On Press Freedom Indictment Of J&K Govt: National Conference

National Conference chief spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq said the report lays bare how news media in the Jammu and Kashmir region, especially in the Valley, was...


11 March 2022
Russia Cracks Down On Instagram

Russia Cracks Down On Instagram

Russian communications and media regulator is restricting access to Instagram in the country.


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26 February 2022
Book Review: A Gripping Testament To Our Divisive Times

Book Review: A Gripping Testament To Our Divisive Times

Kunal Basu’s latest novel, ‘In An Ideal World’, is not just about two competing visions of India, but also about the courage of compassion.


07 February 2022
Freedom Of Speech Not A License To Abuse Justice System With Half Baked Facts, Little Knowledge Of Judiciary: Kerala HC

Freedom Of Speech Not A License To Abuse Justice System With Half Baked Facts, Little Knowledge Of Judiciary: Kerala HC

The court further said, "The existence of a vibrant, independent and free press is no doubt essential to democracy."


27 January 2022
Rahul's Stand On Social Media Platforms Vindicated: Cong After Twitter Says It Is For Healthy Debate

Rahul's Stand On Social Media Platforms Vindicated: Cong After Twitter Says It Is For Healthy Debate

Twitter also pointed out that it does not arbitrarily censor political content and elevating political debate and open discourse is fundamental to its service...


27 January 2022
Shweta Tiwari Mentions Innerwear And 'Bhagwan' In Same Sentence, Lands In Trouble

Shweta Tiwari Mentions Innerwear And 'Bhagwan' In Same Sentence, Lands In Trouble

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has directed the police to investigate actress Shweta Tiwari's remark and submit a report within 24 hours. 


04 August 2021
1,948 Arrests Under UAPA In 2019, 34 Persons Convicted: Govt

1,948 Arrests Under UAPA In 2019, 34 Persons Convicted: Govt

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was responding to a written question by DMK member Tiruchi Siva regarding the total number of people imprisoned...


05 July 2021
Olympics Are 'On The Wrong Side Of History' When It Comes To Free Speech

Olympics Are 'On The Wrong Side Of History' When It Comes To Free Speech

The push for free speech is an artefact of growing athlete activism in recent years in response to racism and other human rights violations


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