Defending Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is under threat today. Not only in Europe, where I come from. But also here, in America. The last time I was in the United States was less than two weeks ago. I was in Garland, Texas, where I gave the keynote speech at a contest of Muhammad cartoons. The contest was…

Freedom of expression underpins NZ way of life

Freedom of the press is only part of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression includes your and my freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds. Freedom of expression underpins our way of life in New Zealand, it enables liberal democracy, religious and non-relgious observance, science and reason and innovation in…

NIELIT targets training 55 lakh students in ICT for jobs, ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in 4-5 years

Highlighting the importance of skill development in making a success of the National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital India Campaign of the Government of India, the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India laid the…

Writers and human rights experts call on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression in world’s largest democracy

Earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs used an extensive arsenal of vague and overbroad laws to muzzle the world’s largest environmental watchdog, Greenpeace International. Using seemingly innocuous provisions in the Indian Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, the government effectively silenced criticism of a controversial nuclear power plant by freezing the bank account of Greenpeace…