Centre targeting Post,cartoonist Aseem: BJP

BJP alleged on Monday while the UPA government was involved in corruption cases,it had started attacking democratic institutions and free speech as seen in the targeting of the ‘Washington Post’ and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2012 2:15 am

BJP alleged on Monday while the UPA government was involved in corruption cases,it had started attacking democratic institutions and free speech as seen in the targeting of the ‘Washington Post’ and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.

“If an article is written in Washington Post,a letter is dashed off to it by this government. If a cartoonist,using his right to freedom of speech,expresses his views,he becomes a danger to national security,” party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

He was referring to the arrest of Trivedi in Mumbai on sedition charges. Hussain alleged the government “has become a threat to the people” and failed to live up to their expectations.

BJP charged that the government remained silent on issues on which it was expected to give answers,including questions raised by the media.

“The government used to refer to the praise heaped on it by the international media earlier and now when the government is being criticised,it is writing letters so that a message is sent across to the Indian media as well that they should not engage in criticism,” Hussain said.

BJP blamed the government for the washout of the monsoon session of Parliament as it rejected the Opposition demand on the coal mines allocation issue.

“And if a cartoonist makes a cartoon on the lowering of the dignity of Parliament due to this,the government has an objection to it and a case is filed against him. You are in power does not mean you impose an undeclared emergency in the country,” Hussain said.

CPI(M) slams arrest of cartoonist

New Delhi: Condemning the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in Mumbai,CPI(M) said on Sunday it was “outrageous” that he had been slapped with sedition charges for drawing cartoons against corruption.

The party demanded his immediate release and withdrawal of the charges against him,saying “there is an urgent need to review the sedition clause in Indian Penal Code which is now being misused frequently.”

“Trivedi has been arrested for drawing cartoons and publishing them as part of an anti-corruption campaign. It is outrageous that he has been charged with sedition,” the CPI(M) Politburo said.

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