Inexplicable that Kanojia was arrested and should have to struggle to secure his freedom while the likes of Tiwari could roam scot free and continue to spout hate speech.
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by Geeta Seshu The chilling account in the Caravan on the beating up of journalist Ahan Penkar on Oct 16, by Ajay Kumar, the assistant commissioner of police of Model Town, inside the premises of the police station, has this paragraph: Other police officials participated in the assault […]
The rising incidence of gag orders by various powerful accused men in sexual assault and harassment cases has been of immense concern, especially because of the manner in which it shields them and further victimises the victims/complainants in these cases. A statement from the Network of Women in […]
Justice Madan Lokur: Gradual erosion of right to free speech leading to destruction of right to dissent
Justice Madan Lokur, former justice of the Supreme Court of India, delivered the Verghese Memorial Lecture 2020 on “Preserving and Protecting our Fundamental Rights – Freedom of Speech, Expression and the Right to Protest.” Justice Lokur said that one of the worst forms of curtailment of the freedom […]
More than 14 days since the attack on journalist Kamal Shukla and other journalists in Chhattisgarh, no action has been taken against the perpetrators. Kamal Shukla, who went on a hunger strike in Kanker to protest the attack and the lack of action, was forcibly admitted to hospital […]
Clear that the arrest and detention of Kanojia is politically motivated and driven by vendetta. It fits a larger pattern of Uttar Pradesh administration attempting to silence dissenting voices.
By Malini Subramaniam Senior journalist from Chhattisgarh Kamal Shukla, Editor Bhumkal Samachar, who was brutally assaulted on Sept 26, 2020, told Free Speech Collective that these attacks were a direct consequence of exposes in his newsportal Bhumkal Samachar on illegal sand mining in Kanker district. Shukla was attacked […]
Journalist Kamal Shukla was brutally attacked in Kanker, Chattisgarh today, by goons allegedly of the ruling Congress-I. He said the attack was prompted by those opposed to his reports on illegal sand-mining and other irregularities in the area. Shukla had rushed to the aid of another journalist Satish […]