How is free speech restricted?

Aug 21, 2018, 09:30 AM

How is free speech and expression restricted? Are vulnerable people disproportionately affected by these restrictions? We talk to Shehla Rashid Shora, Urmila Pullat and Smita Vanniyar.

On the second episode of the Awaaz Do podcast series, we delve into the many ways in which speech and expression are restricted. First, we talk to Shehla Rashid Shora, the ex Vice President of the JNU Student's Union, about organised trolling, threats and harassment over social media leading to self-censorship and how colloquially ubiquitous words like sedition and anti-national have become. Next, Urmila Pullat, a human rights lawyer at the Asian Human Rights Commission, talks about the reasonable restrictions on free speech and expression listed in our constitution. Are these restrictions being misused to shut down dissent? Last, we explore the threat of obscenity laws with Smita Vanniyar, who works with issues regarding gender, sexuality and technology at the Mumbai-based non-profit Point of View.