The Bihar government has instructed its police departments to begin investigating criticism of the government, parliamentarians, legislators, and government officials, NDTV reported. The move to criminalise "insulting" criticism of a government will be the the first of its kind in the country, where in recent weeks state governments and police departments have been issuing notices to artists, film-markets comedians and regular citizens over what they consider objectionable content on social media. "Reports keep coming to light that some individuals/organizations are making offensive/indecent comments on social media about honorable ministers, members of parliament, MLAs, and government officials," Nayyar Hasnain Khan, Additional Director General of Police at Bihar's Economic Offences Unit wrote in a letter to the state's secretaries. "This is illegal and falls under the category of cybercrime," Khan said. "Criticism is healthy for democracy. But criticism must be constructive and…
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