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PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

PEN calls on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression

By | May 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

In a ground-breaking new report, PEN International, PEN Canada, and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, call on India to repeal overbroad and vaguely worded laws that enable censorship.

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India’s Free Speech Debate is Alive and Well

India’s Free Speech Debate is Alive and Well

By | April 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

The Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision on Tuesday signals a move towards greater protection of free expression in the world’s largest democracy. But there is still much to do.

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India: Lift Ban on BBC film and Release Anyone Held for Screening It

India: Lift Ban on BBC film and Release Anyone Held for Screening It

By | March 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

The banning of the BBC film India’s Daughter is yet another example of the chilling climate of censorship in India, PEN International said today, as it urged the government to lift the ban immediately and release anyone arrested as result of screening the film.

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Paradox in India

Paradox in India

By | June 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Why do we defend free expression? PEN Canada’s latest annual report asks a simple question that lies at the heart of our work. In this excerpt, Haroon Siddiqui looks at the political contradictions of contemporary India, and some of the ways in which free expression in the world’s largest democracy “has never been so imperilled”.

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From the Archives: Deepa Mehta’s Film Protested as Anti-Hindu

From the Archives: Deepa Mehta’s Film Protested as Anti-Hindu

By | May 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

In this letter from 2000, Bapsi Sidhwa speaks with Deepa Mehta during the height of protests to the filming of Water in India.

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From the Archives: A Letter on Censorship from Rohinton Mistry

From the Archives: A Letter on Censorship from Rohinton Mistry

By | April 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

On Oct. 20, 2010, Rohinton Mistry wrote a letter condemning the burning and removal of his novel from the course syllabus at the University of Mumbai.

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INDIA: PEN Protests Withdrawal of Best-Selling Book

INDIA: PEN Protests Withdrawal of Best-Selling Book

By | February 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

PEN Canada protests the withdrawal by the publisher Penguin of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History, the third book to be withdrawn this year.

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Censoring the Body

Censoring the Body

By | May 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

As we near the end of the 2013 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, Vanessa Robinson considers the theme of art and censorship in two of this year’s films.

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