Greenpeace backers offer to work for free

Greenpeace India on Thursday invited its supporters from around the world to sign an open letter to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urging him to support free speech in India. “I am asking for thousands of people around the world to join me in standing up for Greenpeace India and speaking up for freedom,” Samit…

Hate speech: Subramanian Swamy plea in Supreme Court

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has moved the Supreme Court challenging certain provisions in the IPC relating to hate speech and seeking a declaration that they are unconstitutional as they violated freedom of speech and expression. A vacation of bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and U.U. Lalit directed the matter to be listed before another bench…

Intel, govt set up accelerator plan

Intel and the department of science and technology on Wednesday announced a partnership to develop solutions for driving technology adoption in India. They called for entries to Innovate for Digital India challenge. The programme will give access to at least 20 teams a grant of Rs 2 lakh per team. Intel has also roped in…

Twelve laws that make freedom of expression in literature, cinema and art difficult in India

The Indian Penal Code offers would-be censors a wide range of potential offences, many of which do not require malevolent intention on the part of the communicator. If you disagree with something that can be said to promote “enmity,” jeopardise “national integration,” “maliciously” insult religion, or foster “enmity between groups,” it is not difficult to…