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FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION IN THE INTERNET AGE

By Shivangi Gupta


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Abstract
‘Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties’ – John Milton
In ancient and modern times, humanity has yearned for freedom of expression. Censorship or appropriate limits, on the other hand, are an ancient and worldwide phenomenon. The framers of the Indian constitution recognized the coexistence of conflicting rights and constraints and enacted Article 19 with a specific reference to Reasonable restrictions. This has progressed as a result of the Indian Judicial System’s progressive judgments.
In an organized community, freedom of expression cannot be absolute, which raises important questions about the allowable bounds of restrictions on freedom of expression. The nature of the restriction, its scope and extent, its length, and the presence or lack of an effective remedial mechanism to dispute the restriction are all the factors to examine. In general, it is the judiciary’s job to balance freedom of expression with public interest imperatives like national security, public order, public health, or morals, as well as individual rights like the right to reputation and the right to privacy. The essence of the issue is whether or not censorship is ever justified, and if so, under what conditions.
In India, the judiciary has gone to great lengths to strike a careful balance between freedom of expression and reasonable restrictions. It has issued several precedent-setting decisions.
Keywords
Freedom of speech, Article 19, Constitution of India, Cyber laws.

TypeResearch Paper
InformationLex Humanitariae: Journal for a Change, Volume II issue IV, Pages 180-193
ISSN 2582-5216
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