Date: Friday, January 13 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort
Join N. Ram, award-winning political, investigative journalist and Chairman & Publisher of The Hindu group of newspapers for what is going to be a provocative and insightful event on the the fraught state of freedom of expression in India, with some brief observations on the recent Sri Lankan experience
We used to think that when it came to free speech, and especially press freedom, we were in an enviable position in India, in comparison with most developing countries. But now the picture appears far less bright on account of two factors – constitutional provisions and laws that are unreasonably interpreted and often misused to have a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, and the visible increase of intolerance in society and the polity, accompanying the rise of majority communalism and ultra-nationalism, and extremist tendencies among minority sections.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has had a chequered history when it came to free speech, and especially media independence and freedom. With regime change, there has been a sense of relaxation and guarded optimism, but the challenge of overcoming free speech deficits remains.
Participant: N. Ram