When the turn of the Chairman of the Law Commission, Dr.B.S.Chauhan came in the afternoon, Subramanium had left the Symposium. Justice Chauhan, as if to respond to Subramanium’s veiled criticism of his role as the author of that judgment, said, without referring to Subramanium’s remarks earlier: “Futile writ cannot and shall not be issued. A writ can’t be issued to stop murders. How will you enforce it?” … [Read more...] about Did Supreme Court Miss An Opportunity To Contain Hate Speech?
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“Imposing a 24-hour limit to remove clearly unlawful content is likely to result in significant restrictions on freedoms, such as the overblocking of lawful comments or the misuse of the measure for political censorship purposes,” said Quadrature du Net, a group that advocates free speech on the internet. … [Read more...] about French lawmakers pass draft law targeting online hate speech
The First Amendment provides three dimensions of immunity.[xxxiii] As an immunity, it protects Americans from infringements by Congress.[xxxiv] Congress cannot create a law contrary to the First Amendment.[xxxv] Second, this protection from infringement by Congress is absolute.[xxxvi] The First Amendment’s absolute protections derive from the Framers usage of the word “shall,” giving Congress no leeway to infringe the rights enumerated through any exceptions and the rights are not “qualified by exceptions for time, place and manner regulations.”[xxxvii] Finally, an immunity categorizes the behavior it protects.[xxxviii] This is where the First Amendment leaves room for interpretation; based on the way the First Amendment is drafted, it is clear that speech is the category of behavior the amendment is designed to protect. However, the Constitution does not define what constitutes speech, which has left the courts to interpret … [Read more...] about Facebook “Like” Fits the Profile for Freedom of Speech Protections
Salil Tripathi presented his views on hate speech and freedom of expression in Indian politics and how it affects the democratic ethos of the country. He spoke about the mob censorship and various legal provisions which provide a threat to freedom of speech and expression like sedition, blasphemy etc. He said there is a need to draw a line between hate speech and dangerous speech which is far more detrimental to democracy. Dangerous speech, according to him, is which incites violence, has an influential speaker and has audience, asserts or attacks vulnerable groups and is preceded by a historical context. … [Read more...] about Panel Discussion On ‘Baptism By Fire: Trial Of Speech, Democracy And Media In India’ Successfully Held At Nirma University
His remarks, and the departments new initiatives, came just two days after a gunman — identified as Robert Bowers — opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue where Sabbath services were taking place, killing at least 11 people and wounding several police officers before he was taken into custody. Social media accounts that appear to belong to Bowers contained posts with anti-Semitic messages and hate speech. Bowers reportedly said "All Jews must die" before opening fire in the synagogue. … [Read more...] about Deputy AG Rosenstein condemns anti-Semitism, announces new hate crime initiatives after synagogue attack