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Fears for freedom

Indian government vows to uphold freedom of expression

NEW DELHI: India's new government sought to ease concerns that freedom of expression is under threat on Saturday, promising to strengthen the independence of the state-run broadcaster and to consider allowing more foreign investment in Indian media. Fears for freedom of expression have grown this year, particularly after a controversial book on Hinduism was withdrawn from sale following criticism from hard line Hindus. The withdrawal of "The Hindus: An Alternative History" by academic Wendy Doniger in February by publisher…