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Despite the fact that free speech in India is a constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right that applies online as much as it does offline, instances of censorship are not uncommon. Restrictions on online free speech are imposed at times in a manner that is far from “reasonable”, be it through arbitrary and unilateral determinations of what is acceptable and what isn’t, or by divulging precious little information as to why particular content was censored. In recognition of the importance of an unrestricted Internet to the functioning of democracies, and also of the significant compromises of free speech made by undue censorship, we work to ensure that online censorship is undertaken only in accordance with established law and that said law is fair, just and reasonable.

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Representation sent to Arunchal Pradesh

A newspaper article dated 30.10.2020 published in Telegraph India titled ‘Arunachal Internet Bar to curb Cheating’ stated that Arunachal Pradesh government will be shutting down internet services on 1st November 2020 in 15 of its districts to ensure that no cheating takes place during state civil service exams. SFLC.in sent a representation to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh […]

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Letter to the Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A)

Letter to Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A) SFLC.in sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala in reference to the press release dated 21st October 2020 regarding the amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011. The said press release states that Kerala Police […]

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Event – Creating Safe Spaces Online

SFLC.in in collaboration with Trust Law, Thompson Reuters Foundation is hosting a 2 day event on ‘Creating Safe Spaces Online’ on 21st-22nd of October 2020. The two day event will have a rountable, a panel as well as a Digital Security Training. One of the newer threats to freedom of speech and expression and to creating a […]

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SFLC.in writes to the Criminal Reforms Committee

SFLC.in sent its recommendations to the Criminal Reforms Committee on 16th September 2020. Our recommendations covered criminal sanctions against free speech offences mainly Sedition(Section 124-A of Indian Penal Code) and Criminal Defamation(Section 499 and 500 of IPC). We believe that our laws on sedition and criminal defamation in their current form are causing chilling effect on […]

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Representation sent to Government of Rajasthan to publish orders regarding suspension of Internet services.

SFLC.in wrote to the Home Secretary, Government of Rajasthan as well the District Collectors of Udaipur, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh and Banswara asking them to publish orders regarding the suspension of Internet services in the said districts. Internet services have suspended in these 4 districts since Saturday, 26th September 2020 following violent protests. SFLC.in hasn’t been able […]

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Letter to the Standing Committee on Information Technology on Content Moderation by Social Media Platforms

SFLC.in has written to the Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on the Content Moderation policies of Social Media platforms. The letter was written in light of the recent allegations that have come forward against social media platform Facebook regarding selectively moderating hate speech in favor of the ruling party on its platform. The Wall Street […]

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Collective statement to urge the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore High-Speed internet.

SFLC.IN along with a coalition of non-profit organisations and civil society groups voice their concerns urging the Jammu and Kashmir Government to restore high speed internet access in the region. The statement also requests the government to ensure stable and secure communication services in the Union Territory. A letter was sent to the Jammu and Kashmir […]

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Event – Reconciling State’s interests with a digital life

SFLC.in in collaboration with Live Law is hosting a panel to commemorate an entire year of communication block in The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This panel will be taking place virtually on the evening of 4th August 2020. The panel will be discussing internet shutdowns vis a vis national security, misinformation, censorship, content […]

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SFLC.in wrote to the IT committee on issue of women saftey in Digital Spaces

SFLC.in wrote to the Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on the issue of women safety in Digital space. The current pandemic as well as the ongoing technological revolution have pushed the entire ecosystem to be online. This means that there are greater threats for women and marginalized communities in various […]

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Analysis of the recent app blocking

MEITY on 29th June 2020 blocked 59 apps using Section 69A of the Information Technology Act coupled with the Blocking Rules of 2009. (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public). Among the blocked apps were apps like Tik Tok, UC Browser  and Cam scanner which are widely popular in the Indian market. The reason stated for […]

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Letter to the special committee to offer assistance in Jammu and Kashmir for restoring 4G Internet

SFLC.in wrote a letter to the special committee formed by the Supreme Court in Foundation of Media Professionals V. Union of India offering our assistance to the committee. On 11th May 2020, the Supreme Court had ordered that a special committee has to be formed comprising of The Home Secretary to the Government of India, The Communications […]

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Using 2G to fight a Pandemic in a digital world

t was on the evening of August 4, 2019 that the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir plunged into unprecedented communication darkness. Telephone and Internet connections were snapped in the valley and the next day Article 370, which gave Kashmir a special status, was abrogated. This started the longest communication blockade in the history of […]

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Events

Event – Reconciling State’s interests with a digital life

SFLC.in in collaboration with Live Law is hosting a panel to commemorate an entire year of communication block in The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This panel will be taking place virtually on the evening of 4th August 2020. The panel will be discussing internet shutdowns vis a vis national security, misinformation, censorship, content […]