Laws curtailing Free Speech

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by Gulika Reddy on Monday, March 4, 2013


Session type

Technical level


With the increase in citizen journalism and the related increased use of the internet as a platform to express one's views, we are witnessing a spate of cases where laws to curb free speech have been invoked. In this context, it is important to understand and discuss the nature of these laws, how and when they emerged, and their role / validity (or lack of it) in a constitutional democracy. These laws are currently framed by a small number of stakeholders and a multi-discliplinary discussion with participants at The Goa Project would be a great way to to diversify the discourse on various legal issues that impact the everyday lives of citizens.


During this talk I will first touch upon the history, development and judicial interpretation of these laws in India and other parts of the world, and then proceed to discuss how these laws have been (mis)used in modern India. I will conclude the talk by making certain potential legislative recommendations and would then love to hear any recommendations that that the participants might have in this regard.


An interest (howsoever remote) in free speech and related issues.

Speaker bio

Gulika Reddy is a lawyer practicing in the High Court of Madras. She graduated from ILS Law College, Pune, in 2011 with an interest in human rights and its intersection with other areas of law. Outside of her litigation practice, she has helped set up and worked as a legal advisor to several non-profits.