Attacks on netizens flayed

Attacks on netizens flayed
Highlights

Vijayawada Bar Association president Somu Krishna Murthy on Sunday condemned the attack on netizens and asserted that every Indian has right to freedom of expression and can express their views through social media. Somu Krishna Murthy said the citizens have every right to use social media, but the posts should not be rude, vulgar and offensive, he made it clear.

Vijayawada: Vijayawada Bar Association president Somu Krishna Murthy on Sunday condemned the attack on netizens and asserted that every Indian has right to freedom of expression and can express their views through social media. Somu Krishna Murthy said the citizens have every right to use social media, but the posts should not be rude, vulgar and offensive, he made it clear.

Highlights:

  • Representatives of various NGOs, political parties condemn the attacks on netizens
  • Basic rights of the people should be protected, say speakers

He expressed concern over the attacks on the netizens for posting some comments against the government’s policies and leaders. He participated in the round-table conducted at the Press Club here on Sunday by Social Media for Society (SMS).
Representatives of various NGOs, politicians and admins of social media groups attended the event and made it clear that every Indian has a basic right to use social media to express views.

Speaking on the occasion, Krishna Murthy said that keeping in view of the changing methods of crime, the Central government had introduced information law 66 in 2009, later it was modified as 66 (A). He said the government is trying to arrest the netizens for posting comments by using the amended laws.

He said the Supreme Court had clearly said that arrests made for making comments in the social media was against Constitution, he said. He said the ruling BJP at the Centre and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) at the state are suppressing the voices and the rights of the people, which he said was against the Constitution.

Social Media for Society president Vijay Prakash lamented that intolerance is increasing in the country for the last three years and the governments are not hesitating to arrest the people for posting their comments against the government.
He said social media became a powerful weapon to the common man and it must be protected at any cost.

YSRCP city president Velampalli Srinivas, CPM senior Chigurupati Baburao, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, YSRCP state leader Pyla Sominaidu, Jana Sena city leader Potina Mahesh and others spoke on the occasion.

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