New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitely while addressing a memorial lecture on ‘It is possible to impose reasonable restrictions on freedom of speech and expression given today’s media landscape’, organized by Prasar Bharti, made a strong pitch for the same to maintain peace and harmony across the country. 
Speaking about Sardar Patel, Jaitley touched upon various sensitivities prevalent in a multicultural society like India.  
“It is imperative to strike a fine balance between freedom of speech and expression and reasonable restrictions so as to maintain public order and integrity and sovereignty of India,” Jaitley said after paying homage to Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Information and Broadcasting minister.   
Jailtey who also holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting, supported his view point by saying free speech is an aid to good governance in view of the changes taking place in the media landscape and the scope and content of issues related to right to freedom of speech and expression. 
The support for the possible restrictions on freedom of speech and expression might become a reason for the Opposition to counter the centre, when the government is already struggling with the increasing incidents of intolerance in the country.
(With inputs from IANS)

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