Boycott channels that gag blogging!
As you know the event of a serious blogger, who ended up being reprimanded by a news channel and which eventually hinted a serious threat to freedom of speech, i think bloggers should unite and oppose such move, one way that i thought is boycotting the channel by bloggers, don't see it and spread awareness, but then i saw this...
Hi jkwillsay, I agree with you. Freedom of speech to new media (including bloggers) should be the same as freedom of speech for old media (traditional media like newspapers, TC, Radio, etc). This should be taken up by bloggers and do what best we do - BLOGGING :)
yes i agree but india is moving in a phase of change ,this is just begining, if u know or heard after 26/11 govt has planned to ban freedom of tv channels to broadcast,but at the last moment our pm stop that bill.
The govt. stand is similar to that it took for our neighbour, lethargic. Well, even the opposition supported the move, so we have no chance of that bill seeing the light of the day.
What I would suggest is apply a Disclaimer and copyright the contents. This way 'freedom of speech' will be preserved !!!
Well.. u guys should see an article in today's TOI.. Its about a blogger being sued for defamatory remarks to Shiv Sena. The Court has rejected his plea for freedom of speech and also that stating a disclaimer wouldnt help
I guess we haven't been given much room to write liberally, until we form a community to voice our concerns and speak out issues with our antagonists, our credibility cannot be established. We been losing grounds on the defamatory cases, this is because some bloggers do get personal or emotional and write stuff provoking the subject. The best tactic is camouflage content. Veiled attacks, do not name persons or organisations or community but make sure readers understand who you are talking about. This can reduce bloodsheds from our community. Think about it
Freedom of speech is always good and thankfully we are in India (and not in certain Arab countries or China). However, when we deal with sensitive socio-economic issues, we must always present known facts and not guesswork.
I agree with jkwillsay's point. One should avoid direct personal attacks and react on unconfirmed news. Please note that manytimes television is the source of inspiration and half the things they (especially certain news channels and their yellow journalism in printed media as well) broadcast are hype.
A lot of young bloggers tend to go out of the way when it comes to sensitive matters. This should be avoided! We are not in the United States and the risk to life is always there at the hands of politicians, goondas and religious fanatics.