Freedom of Speech and Expression on Social Media
- 24 Jan 2020
- 2 min read
Why in News
The High Court of Tripura has held that posting on social media was virtually the same as a fundamental right applicable to all citizens, including government employees.
- It also asserted that government servants are entitled to hold and express their political beliefs, subject to the restrictions laid under the Tripura Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1988.
- In another significant judgement, the High Court of Tripura ordered the police to refrain from prosecuting the activist who was arrested over a social media post where he criticised online campaign in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 and warned people against it.
- The HC held that these orders are in line with the very essence of the Indian Constitution.
Other Recent Judgements
- The Supreme Court of India also gave judgement on the internet shutdown and curbing of other civil liberties in the Jammu and Kashmir. It upheld the Right to access the Internet and released guidelines on imposition of section 144 of CrPC.
- Recently, the Kerala High Court, in Faheema Shirin v. the State of Kerala case, declared the Right to Internet Access as a fundamental right, forming a part of the right to privacy and the right to education under Article 21 of the Constitution.