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Bihar’s social media gag causes a storm News from India


PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar faced criticism on Friday for an order to initiate prosecution against anyone who makes “objectionable, inappropriate or misleading” comments on social media against the state government, ministers or officials.
Tejashwi Says Bihar Government Violates Right To Free Speech
The directive, which came through the police economic crimes unit on Thursday, unleashed a political firestorm reminiscent of the one that had forced Kerala to back down on an amendment to the police law that would have led to criticism in line to the state government were punishable by law.
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav of RJD called it a violation of the right to freedom of expression. “Nitish has forgotten that democracy began in Bihar and freedom of expression is a fundamental right. If the government or ministers are indulging in corruption, why shouldn’t people raise it? If someone criticizes the state government, what is wrong with it? “he said. On Thursday, the EOU’s additional director general, Nayyar Hasnain Khan, had sent a circular to all departments asking them to report on” cybercrime “as defined in the order so that legal action could be taken. against those people. According to the circular, there was “continuous information” about some people and groups who made derogatory comments on social networks against the government, ministers, parliamentarians and officials. “For such acts, it seems appropriate to take legal action. EOU is the nodal agency for cybercrime in the state, ”he says.

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