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Several people were victimised under Section 66(A), says Prashant Bhushan – Video


Several people were victimised under Section 66(A), says Prashant Bhushan
The Supreme Court on Tuesday scrapped out a controversial law seen as a big violation of the freedom of speech online as it allowed the arrest of a person for posting offensive content. Introduced…

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Supreme Court strikes down Section 66A of IT Act, says it violates right to speech – Video


Supreme Court strikes down Section 66A of IT Act, says it violates right to speech
In a landmark judgment on the Right to Freedom of Speech on the Internet, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that empowers the police to make…

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Discussion on Supreme Court Section 66(A):Supreme Court Sides With Free Speech| iNews – Video


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The Supreme Court has scrapped a contentious law that was seen as a major b of the freedom of speech online because it allowed the arrest of a person for posting “offensive” content. Section…

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Meet Shreya Singhal, the 'saviour' of freedom of speech

New Delhi, March 25: The deepest concern over freedom of speech and expression and the threat posed to it by Section 66A of the IT Act, was the prime reason for Shreya Singhal to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court in November 2012.

After a gap of three years, the verdict of Supreme Court came on Tuesday, March 24 scrapping the ‘draconian’ law.

It is a cheerful moment for the 24-year old because she became a saviour of free speech by challenging the provision in the cyber law which provided power to arrest a person for posting allegedly “offensive” content on websites.

[Internet freedom at last: Section 66 A of IT act struck down]

However, the section 66A was also used by political parties to arrest people for posting online content against their leaders.

Shreya had been noticing several high-profile arrests of people, which came under the section. The arrests of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in Mumbai and a Puducherry buinessman also sparked thoughts in the minds of Shreya.

[Section 66A of IT Act: Explained]

The arrest of two college girls in Palghar over a Facebook post questioning the bandh in city on the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, irked Singhal.

She was really shocked and the incident also became a turning point in her battle against online freedom.

“I got really angry. The law was blatantly being misused. The provision was extremely vague in its definition of what should go on the Internet,” she said.

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Freedom of Speech on Internet: SC Strikes Down Section 66A of the IT Act

This day marks freedom for Internet in India. The Supreme Court today passed a judgement on Section 66A of the Information Technology Act terming it as unconstitutional. This landmark ruling upholds the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression given under the Constitution of India.

In the past there have been many cases where citizens used the Internet as a means of free speech but were convicted or harassed under the senseless Section 66A of the IT Act. These included airing of free opinions such as criticism over the near shutdown of Mumbai city due Bal Thackerays death or political cartoons and many other cases, where the citizens were arrested for contravening the law. The new SC ruling upholds the freedom of speech in such cases.

Further, Supreme Courts reading down of the provision under section 79(3)(b), will now make it necessary to take legal permission from a court to takedown any content with the exception that the government can still issue orders to block access to websites under 69A rules. This will reduce liability on intermediaries and will go a long-way in setting up a free, fair and independent ecosystem.

Section 66A reads: Any person who sends by any means of a computer resource any information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character; or any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.

Expressing his views on the development, Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said, Internet as a medium is meant to be free and transcend territorial borders with minimal regulation and monitoring. The IT Act has well served the objective to provide the legal framework for data security and internet laws in the country. The changes enabled by the Supreme Court judgement would provide much needed boost to the citizens of the country and help the objective of a digitally connected India.

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Government not in favour of curtailing communication on social media, says Ravi Shankar Prasad – Video


Government not in favour of curtailing communication on social media, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre respects freedom of speech and …

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Taking part in the panel discussion ”Freedom of speech: Rights and responsibilities?” at a University of Otago lecture theatre yesterday are (from front) Dr Najibullah Lafraie, Associate Prof Selene Mize, Prof David Tombs, Associate Prof Greg Dawes and Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness.

The discussion, chaired by Prof Murray Rae, discussed the attack at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January and the following mass demonstrations to protest the shootings.

In front of about 90 people, the panel examined freedom of speech issues, including the responsibilities and limits needed when exercising free speech, and a free press, in a democracy.

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