ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poor Guarantee of Online Freedom in India

The debate over the "Intermediaries Guidelines" as part of the Information Technology Act, 2000 in Parliament brought focus to the issue of censorship and lack of accountability of governing bodies vis-à-vis the internet in the country. This cannot be divorced from the larger questions related to the threats to freedom of expression from both the state and various societal actors today.

An annulment motion against the Information Technology (Inter-­mediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 moved by Member of Parliament (MP) ­P ­Rajeev of the Communist Party of ­India (Marxist) in the Rajya Sabha, was the first serious attempt by internet freedom activists to get the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 discussed and reviewed by the country’s lawmakers.

 

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