UPA wants to snatch freedom of expression: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at UPA government over its move to monitor content in cyber space.

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at UPA government over its move to
monitor content in cyber space, dubbing it as an attempt to
"snatch" the freedom of expression guaranteed in the
Constitution.

"Babasaheb Ambedkar enshrined freedom of expression in
the Constitution and on his nirvan diwas (death anniversary on
December 6), UPA seeks to snatch it! People are best judge,"
Modi tweeted a day after Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
vowed to stop offensive and defamatory content on internet
sites.

Sibal yesterday said if the social networking sites were
not willing to cooperate with the government on stopping
incendiary material then it was the duty of the government to
think of the steps that needed to be initiated.

He had, however, maintained that the government does not
want to interfere with the freedom of the press.

The announcement came against the backdrop of the
government`s meetings with officials from Google, Microsoft,
Facebook and Yahoo over last few weeks after offensive
material, particularly against Congress leader Sonia Gandhi
and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was put on the internet.
Even as Sibal defended the government`s move, criticism
poured in the cyber space that India should not emulate
countries like China in attempting to gag freedom of
expression.

PTI

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