India study reveals culture of stifling dissent, criminalising free expression


An inefficient legal system and what amounts to unchecked abuse of vague and overbroad legislation have contributed to a chilling effect on free speech within India's society and throughout its public sphere according to a report released today by PEN International, PEN Canada and International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. The report, Fearful Silence: The Chill on India's Public Sphere, demonstrates how a relatively small number of aggrieved citizens can successfully deter many others from speaking out on sensitive issues, thereby endangering India's key democratic freedoms.

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