Hate speech

Under the larger issue of Freedom of expression

Online speech that is offensive, abusive or hateful has attracted great attention in India and elsewhere, and often leads to calls for its criminalisation. But while the right to freedom of expression is subject to reasonable restrictions both under Indian law and international law, these are fairly narrowly defined, and much of what might be considered hate speech socially is not necessarily so legally. How, then, to deal with and move forward on this difficult and sensitive issue?

Posts & Reports

  • Gendered abuse online - #EROTICSIndia

    This blog post is eighth in a series of ten blog posts to report on the EROTICS India workshop, recently concluded in Delhi. So you’ve got proper online security, strong passwords, and great software all good to go. But are there other kinds of threats you may face online? What about abuse, verbal violence and …   More

    22 Mar 2013

  • #MisogynyAlert: Principles for engagement

    BY ANAND PHILIP This blog post by Anand Philip was originally posted on his blog. It suggests questions that need to be addressed to move forward constructively with regard to the use of the hash tag #MisogynyAlert, which emerged as a possible strategy to deal with online abuse at a National Consultation on Women and …   More

    19 Mar 2013

  • #MisogynyAlert: A critique

    BY RANJANI K. This blog post by Ranjani K. was originally posted on her blog. It is a critical analysis of the use of the hash tag #MisogynyAlert which emerged as a possible strategy to deal with online abuse at a National Consultation on Women and Gendered Online Abuse held by the Internet Democracy Project and Point of View at New Delhi. …   More

    19 Mar 2013

  • Why we need a #MisogynyAlert hashtag on the Net

    BY KIRAN MANRAL This article by Kiran Manral, very slightly edited to fit our website, first appeared on Tehelka blog. Kiran Manral is an author, blogger and media consultant. She is also the founder of India Helps, a volunteer network which works with disaster victims, and is part of the core team that has worked …   More

    04 Mar 2013

  • The Praagaash Row: An attack on free speech

    It all started when The Kashmir Walla, an online magazine, reported that Kashmir’s first and only girls’ rock band “quit” after “criticism”. While expressing gratitude to The Kashmir Walla for flagging the story, I pointed out that their choice of words may have been problematic. The girls quit, not because of “criticism” - they had …   More

    08 Feb 2013

  • Quotable Quotes from #SAFoE

    This blog post is the final one in a series of ten blog posts to report on the ‘Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression’ recently concluded in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The discussions during the two day Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression in Dhaka were rich and …   More

    29 Jan 2013

  • Hate speech in South Asia: Country perspectives - #SAFoE

    This blog post is second in a series of ten blog posts to report on the ‘Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression’  recently concluded in Dhaka, Bangladesh. If we are going to look at the content produced on the Internet from any geographical location, [we must remember that] it is a reflection …   More

    19 Jan 2013

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