The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has condemned the new rules of regulation for digital media

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Hyderabad/Chandigarh, February 26: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has condemned the new rules of regulation for digital media put in place by the Central Government under the Information Technology Act. The Union described this attempt as a clear overreach on the part of the Government to vest itself with unlawful, unconstitutional and draconian powers to implement censorship.

In a statement issued on Friday IJU President and Secretary-General K. Sreenivas Reddy and Balwinder Singh Jammu called on the Government to immediately withdraw the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 which will infringe on the right to freedom of speech and thus to freedom of the media guaranteed under Article 19 in the constitution of India.

The people or the media are governed by the basic restrictions on free speech as envisaged in article 19 and the Government has no power to sit in Judgment over this matter.

The emergency powers acquired by the Government under these rules to block public access of any information that too without giving an opportunity of hearing is nothing but a blatant attempt to muzzle media with tyrannical censorship power that is clearly ultra vires of the Constitution, the Union leaders said.

Issued for favour of publication /broad caste in your news paper / news channel.

IJU Press Note_Social Media Regulation _26.2.21.
IJU Press Note_Social Media Regulation _26.2.21.

***Published under freedom of Expression. Any clarification on this issue must be addressed to IJU. Channel neither agree nor disagree with the view expressed here.***

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Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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