What exactly is freedom of speech? How does one exercise it and defend it? More importantly, why does it matter? And why should you, as a citizen, care about it? In our latest podcast series, Awaaz Do, Neha Mathews attempts to answer these questions through conversations with activists, lawyers, artists and others, and uncovers the various ways in which our free speech is restricted.
Express Audio, the podcast division of The Indian Express, is excited to present a live panel discussion around freedom of expression featuring Dhanya Rajendran, (Editor-in-Chief, The News Minute), Urmila Pullat (Human Rights lawyer and researcher and Founder of HowRevealing), Sunil Abraham (Executive Director, Center for Internet and Society), Angarika Guha (Maraa, the media and arts collective) and Nayantara Ranganathan (Internet Democracy Project). After the success of the podcast series Awaaz Do, we bring you this event at The Courtyard, with a broadcast of the live audio.
Sharing information online can be empowering, but the internet can also be a tool for control, with its own counterweights that threaten to diminish our freedom of speech. How do we balance the two sides of the internet? How do we juggle the right to express your option with the right to be safe from hate speech and online abuse? Our panel of experts, including the editor of the online news portal The News Minute and the director of the Centre for Internet and Society, will dive deep into issues of censorship, hate speech on social media, internet shutdowns, social movements online, obscenity laws and more.