Congress demands government responses on new social media rules
Congress alleged the government subverted parliament by introducing new rules on social media to silence voices critical of government policies.
Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, party spokeswoman Supriya Shrinate raised questions about the minutes of GoM meetings which were leaked to the media.
She said: “The government’s communication report revealed some very, very disturbing facts. There were five cabinet ministers of the Union, including Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Shri S Jaishankar and of course, four other Ministers of State, who were part of it. “
“It is absolutely certain that in the days of the crown, when the whole world, including all of us, were rock solid with the government and hoping the prime minister thinks about our lives, our livelihoods , he was thinking about how to resolve this crisis, he was in fact preparing to stab us in the back by first compromising the freedom of speech and expression in the country by first controlling the freedom of the press ” , she added.
She questioned some journalists whose names are circulating: “It seems that some of the press / media have become accomplices, I sympathize with them. I don’t know if it happened because they were caught off guard? I do not know. if it happened with their consent. But I think it’s important that they come forward and clearly articulate their positions, because that raises questions about the commitment to being part of the media. And the media is not another job, the media is for a reason called the fourth pillar of our democracy.
The congressional spokesperson said that the 2021 IT rules announced a few days ago by Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar, appear to have taken into account a large part of these suggestions, so this raises questions.
“Will Parliament make laws or will laws be made by ministers sitting in salons with consultations and under the guidance of docile media always ready to serve the Modi government?” ” she said.