Freedom of speech must be upheld

CHIEF Justice of India (CJI) K.G. Balakrishnan has expressed a strong opinion against online pornography and hate speeches, and has urged the overnment to ban all related websites immediately.While the CJI’s personal views about pornography and hate speeches could be appreciated on moral grounds, his suggestion to the government to ban every website that shows adult material or “hate speech” sends a chilling signal to a country that holds freedom of speech dear and is a constitutional right.

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