Expression

The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, however, the sedition law, criminal defamation laws, and hate speech laws are used to harass and prosecute those who criticise the government. For example, in 2015, authorities arrested folk singer S. Kovan under the sedition law for two songs that criticised the state government. Journalists in India are working in an increasingly hostile environment, facing detention, threats, assaults and even deaths. During the recent wave of protests in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities raided newspaper offices, preventing them from publishing for three days, and blocked cable television, internet and mobile services. Although India enacted the Right to Information Act in 2005, proper implementation is still lacking as many information requests are blocked due to the law’s broad restrictions.