Maintaining the balance between freedom of speech and defamation is crucial; and not all forms of speech merits the protection of the law. It is sometimes said that freedom of speech is not absolute and can be symbolic as there are the constraints on what can be expressed. Freedom of speech must mind the sensitivities of people, their different beliefs, faiths and religions.
This webinar will focus on the importance of maintaining the balance between freedom of speech and defamation, while appreciating the limitations and restrictions of freedom of speech by considering Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, Sedition Act 1948, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, section 499 of the Penal Code, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, and section 9 of the Defamation Act 1957.
Ranjan N Chandran graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London in 1994 with a 2nd Class Upper Honours, and completed the Certificate of Legal Practice in 1995. He was admitted as advocate and solicitor to the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and has been in practice for 25 years. He had his own practice under the name and style of Ranjan Chitravathy & Nik for 16 years, from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, he joined the firm of Hakem Arabi & Associates as a partner.
He appears frequently as counsel in the Appellate Courts and the High Courts. He has a passion for writing articles and has had many of his articles published in law journals on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), mediation, section 176 of the Scheme of Arrangement, judicial management and the COVID-19 Act of Parliament. He has been interviewed by The Edge Weekly and The Edge Markets on diverse issues on short-term rentals, judicial management, housing development matters involving liquidated damages, booking fee payments and housing tribunal issues.
He has conducted webinars for the Malaysian Bar, Current Law Journal and ALSA Malaysia.
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