freedom of expression

World’s largest democracy is among the worst for journalists
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Ashraf Engineer August 20, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. On Independence Day, a little girl stood on her school stage and said: “I am Mehnaz Kappan. Daughter of journalist Siddique Kappan,...
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Twitter case verdict will indicate future of free speech in India
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Ashraf Engineer July 30, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Twitter has sued the Indian government This is an escalation of its battle with the Narendra Modi government as the latter tries...
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Audio podcast: Why are right wingers so afraid of stand-up comedians?
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By Ashraf Engineer December 4, 2021 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. What is it about comedy and stand-up comedians that gets the Sangh Parivar and right-wingers so wound up? Recently, several shows...
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Audio podcast: The Indian government vs Twitter
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Ashraf Engineer July 3, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. The battle between the Indian government and Twitter is blowing up. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government – ruled by the same party...
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Audio podcast: The space for dissent and freedoms is shrinking in India
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Ashraf Engineer March 31, 2021 Recently, the V-Dem Institute declared India an ‘electoral autocracy’, pointing to a sharp decline in democratic freedoms. This is in line with what we’re seeing on the ground – the space for dissent, opposition, freedom...
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Audio podcast: Why you should care about the new digital rules
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Ashraf Engineer March 10, 2021 The new rules governing digital content, news platforms and social media will fundamentally alter your internet experience and impact your rights. The key is the shift from regulation to control over digital news platforms, OTT...
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Audio podcast: Time to throw out the sedition law
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Ashraf Engineer March 6, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Sedition is the buzzword of these times. The charge has been slapped against climate activists, journalists, social activists, comedians, politicians, student protestors and authors....
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Audio podcast: Why are internet shutdowns so common in India?
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Ashraf Engineer March 3, 2021 We’re barely into 2021 but already there have been at least eight internet shutdowns in India. The latest round followed the protest by farmers against three new agriculture laws. India shuts down the internet more...
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Audio podcast: Disha Ravi shows us what courage is
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Ashraf Engineer February 27, 2021 Podcast transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. “If highlighting farmers’ protests globally is sedition, I am better off in jail.” With this sentence, 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi showed...
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Audio podcast: The UAPA sword hanging over our freedoms
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Ashraf Engineer September 22, 2020 Podcast transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. The recent arrest of Indian student activist Umar Khalid (pictured above) brings into focus yet again the controversial and draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, better...
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