The state of free speech in India remains a cause for concern judging by the rise in recorded attacks on the media and the increasing use of defamation suits – the most marked trends in 2014.
The figure for attacks on the media rose sharply with better data collection. There were at least 85 attacks this year. For the first time, since January 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has begun collecting data on attacks on the media as a separate category.
Read: The report from The Free Speech Hub of the Hoot