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Landmark Judgments

·  Supreme Court has held that the words "freedom of speech and expression" must be broadly constructed to include the freedom to circulate one's views by words of mouth or in writing or through audiovisual instrumentalities.

 

·  In the landmark judgment of Express Newspapers (Bombay) (P) Ltd. Vs. Union of India, 1985, freedom of press was also incorporated within freedom of speech and expression. Court held that, “In today’s free world freedom of press is the heart of social and political intercourse. The press has now assumed the role of the public educator making formal and non-formal education possible in a large scale particularly in the developing world, where television and other kinds of modern communication are not still available for all sections of society. The purpose of the press is to advance the public interest by publishing facts and opinions without which a democratic electorate [Government] cannot make responsible judgments. Newspapers being purveyors of news and views having a bearing on public administration very often carry material which would not be palatable to Governments and other authorities.”

 

·  In landmark judgment of the case Maneka Gandhi Vs. Union of India, 1978, the Supreme Court held that the freedom of speech and expression has no geographical limitation and it carries with it the right of a citizen to gather information and to exchange thought with others not only in India but abroad also.

 
 
 
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