Rights of Citizens

  • The Right To Freedom Of Speech And Expression as per the Indian Constitution – means the right to express one’s own convictions and opinions freely.
  • The word “freely” means the freedom of a citizen to express his views and opinion in any conceivable means including by words of mouth, writing, printing, banners, signs, and even by way of silence.
  • The Supreme Court of India has held that the participation in sports in an expression of one’s self and thus it is a form of freedom of speech
  • The Supreme Court has also held that hoisting the National Flag by citizens is a form of freedom of speech and expression
  • Freedom of Press is an inferred right implicit under Article 19(1)(a)
  • The Right To Information(RTI) emerges as a fundamental right under article 19(1)(a) as freedom of speech and expression are meaningless without access to information
  • It includes the right to political dissent

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