Cartoon controversy and right to freedom of speech and expression

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The Purpose of the study becomes relevant and assumes importance by fact that freedom of expression is most important human rights of the democracy, besides which the society will be monochromatic, but this freedom can’t be unrestricted. One can enjoy/ entertain its freedom up to that extent only until it doesn’t violate others freedom.  A cartoonist expresses his attitude towards the various figures, characters and situations depicted in his figures, and thus represent the interests of a society, which are not always in harmony in the government. A cartoonist not only has to be creative, but he also has to attempt to be educational. For the latter purpose the cartoonist should conform to moral norms, which might potentially be in contradiction with his style of expression. The authority struggles differently with cartoonists. In some countries cartoonists are beaten, thrown in prison and even killed. In countries where authorities are unable to discreetly dispose of resenting cartoonists in such ways, other subtly coercive methods are applied.

Dr. Prashant Kumar Srivastava
Assistant Professor, Institute of Legal Studies, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Uttar Pradesh, India

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