K K Venugopal on Sunday batted for free speech on social media and said any move to curb it would be very wrong for democracy and if someone misused the freedom, governments and courts had the option of resorting to contempt proceedings.Asked about some states that have attempted to curb free speech on social media by proceeding against people by resorting to provisions of the Information Technology Act or the Indian Penal Code, Attorney General Venugopal told TOI, “Curbing free speech on social media will be very wrong for democracy. Citizens, whether on social media or otherwise, must have the essential freedom to express their views about the working of institutions in a democracy.“I will be the last person to say social media needs to be regulated in a democracy. On the other hand, I feel social media is essential to democracy. Authorities come to know about the views of the general public. If someone misuses the freedom, then the government can take action under the provisions of law and the constitutional courts can resort to contempt proceedings. But if freedom of speech is curtailed, it will be a great disservice to democracy.”A few individuals crossing the line should not… Read full this story
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