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.
Why does free speech matter? More importantly, who needs it the most? In the first episode of Awaaz Do, we talk to Javed Tak, a disability rights activist from Jammu and Kashmir, about his experiences with freedom, and what he’s found that the youth of Kashmir want. We also explore why free speech is essential for upholding democracy with Shehla Rashid Shora. Is the right to free speech available to everyone equally though? Shabnam Hashmi, who has worked as a human rights campaigner for 37 years now, explains why those at the margins do not always have the liberty of being heard. Last, we discuss the immense power free speech has with Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and founder of the Human Rights Law Network.
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