What do you understand by the concept “freedom of speech and expression”? Does it cover hate speech also? Why do the films in India stand on a slightly different plane from other forms of expression? Discuss.
Freedom of speech and expression is the right to express one’s own opinion and to communicate ideas, thoughts, and emotions without fear of censorship or retaliation. This includes the right to express oneself through any medium, such as art, speech, writing, film, music, and other forms of communication. It also includes the right to receive and impart information, ideas, and opinions without interference or fear of government or other forms of censorship.
The right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed to all citizens of India by the Constitution of India under Article 19(1)(a). This right is given to citizens of India so that they can freely express their opinion, views, beliefs, and thoughts without fear of government or any other form of censorship. It also allows citizens to receive information, ideas, and opinions from others without interference or fear. The right is subject to reasonable restrictions based on public order, morality, and security of the state.
Does it cover hate speech also?
No, freedom of speech and expression does not cover hate speech. Speech that incites hatred or violence against a particular group or individuals is not protected by the right to freedom of speech and expression. Such speech is considered a violation of the law and can be subject to criminal prosecution.
Why are Indian films different from other forms of expression?
Films in India stand on a slightly different plane from other forms of expression because they have the potential to influence a large number of people. Because of this, the Government of India has imposed certain restrictions on the content of films to ensure that they do not promote violence, hatred, or any other illegal activities. Additionally, films are also subject to censorship to ensure that they adhere to the standards of morality and decency.
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