Welcome to Kashmir!

Welcome to Kashmir! The tourist paradise! What do we see in Kashmir? What do we hear? What do we know of this beautiful paradise on Earth? A Free Speech Collective campaign for World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2023 Media Freedom in Kashmir after Art.370 abrogation What is […]


The UN-observed International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on Nov 2 marks the struggle for justice for the killings of scores of journalists across the world. The UN reports that, between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information […]

Kappan…still in jail!

More delay in the release of journalist Siddique Kappan! The bail application in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case came up today and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its response to the bail application and sought an adjournment as Additional Solicitor General SV Raju was to […]

books being burnt

From Book Banning to Book Burning

This article has been republished with permission. Today’s censorship wars are part of the larger culture wars driven by white evangelical Christians, a large part of the Republican activist base. They are waging an apparently coordinated campaign against a woman’s right to determine her pregnancy, gay/transgender rights and […]

How will the Proposed Amendments to the IT Rules Affect Free Speech and Intermediaries?

Enacted by MeitY in May 2021, the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules 2021.sought to both protect ‘digital Indians’ from the harms of Big Tech intermediaries and regulate the work of online publishers….They have been challenged in nineteen separate cases across the country—with specific portions stayed by multiple High Courts. A common cause for concern: they exert a chilling effect on free speech in India.

Fear of Speech

On May 3, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day 2022, we present FEAR OF SPEECH Ziva, a young journalist, fears that dissent has slowly become criminal in Indian democracy A short film by students of Whistling Woods International, the film, communication and creative arts institute located […]