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A Critical Analysis Of Media Law And Hate Speech

Likitha P Mahdiker, CMR University School of Legal Studies, Bengaluru.*


Hate speech is one of the biggest threats to the public order of the society. It has always been confused with the right to dissent guaranteed under Article 19 of the Indian constitution. One need not always agree with everything happening around them. In countries like India, citizens have a right to voice out their opinions irrespective of it aligning with the public majority and the government.

The researcher in this research paper attempts to differentiate between hate speech, sedition and the right to dissent. The researcher also highlights the hate speech being discharged through various platforms in India and analyses if the judiciary has played an important role to ensure that freedom of speech has been protected by curbing or minimizing hate speech.

Research Questions

  1. How is hate speech spread through social media?

  2. Has the judiciary played an important role to minimize or curb hate speech in India?

  3. What is the impact of hate speech on freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1) (a) of the Indian constitution?


* Fourth Year Law Student pursuing B.B.A. L.L.B. (Hons.) from CMR University School of Legal Studies, Bengaluru.

A Critical Analysis Of Media Law And Hate Speech
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Journal Details
Abbreviation: NLR 

ISSN:   2582-8479 (O)

Year of Starting: 2020

Place: New Delhi, India

Accessibility: Open Access

Peer Reviewer: Double Blind



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