Censorship

Arvind Gupta, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT head, has stated that the party has filed a complaint against journalist Raghav Chopra for an image he shared on Twitter, reports Scroll. The complaint states that the journalist was ‘misleading general public by fake photographs/images’.

Chopra apologised for his tweet later on:

 

Chopra’s work organisation CNN IBN also tweeted apologising that Chopra tweeted from his personal account and that CNN IBN was not aware of ‘this unfortunate lapse of judgment’ and that it apologises and regrets the error.

The BJP’s further line of action is not clear at the moment, but Gupta tweeted saying that the cyber cell would investigate the tweet according to the course of law.

Previous arrests based on online sharing:

– Readers would note that last month, Patrika journalist Prabhat Singh had been arrested under Section 297 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act (circulating obscene material), while three other cases of forgery and cheating had also been lodged against Singh.

– In the same month, two youths Shakir Yunus Banthia and Vasim Shaikh were arrested in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh for sharing a morphed image of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on WhatsApp and Facebook.

– Six months ago, an administrator of a WhatsApp group along with three others had been arrested in Latur district in Maharashtra over objectionable content of videos of cow slaughtering and criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Section 66A struck down: Exactly a year ago, the Supreme Court ruled on a series of cases challenging the IT Act striking down Section 66A for being unconstitutional, upholding Section 69 in its entirety, which allows the government to block websites, and also upholding Section 79 and its rules, saying that it needs to be read down, and a court order or a government order needs to be taken.

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Meanwhile, here are some funny photoshopped images of the Russian and American premiers.

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