Freedom of speech

The gag order

Print edition : June 09, 2017

Justice Hidayatullah. He had raised, in a dissenting judgement, the question whether the court can suppress the publication of the deposition of a witness heard not in camera but in open court. Photo: The Hindu Archives

H.M. Seervai. He opined that the judiciary fell in the ambit of “the state” in Article 12 and was bound by the fundamental rights. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Supreme Court’s ban on the press in the Justice Karnan case is a standing affront to the citizens’ right to freedom of speech and a threat to the media and to the democratic process.

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