Editors Guild demands repeal of draconian and antiquated sedition laws

Editors Guild of India welcomes SC judgement on Vinod Dua

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Editors Guild demands repeal of draconian and antiquated sedition laws
World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2021

The 4 June 2021 statement by the Editors Guild of India said it, “welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on the sedition case against senior journalist Vinod Dua.

“The apex court not just quashed the criminal complaint against Dua, but has also underlined the importance of protecting journalists from sedition cases.

“While the reference to the earlier judgement of Justice Kedar Nath Singh and the need to protect journalists from sedition charges is welcome, the manner in which such laws are implemented by law enforcement authorities in different parts of the country, leading to pre-trial incarceration, needs further intervention by the apex court.

“EGI expresses satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s concerns over the chilling effect that sedition laws have on free media and on our democracy. The Editors Guild demands repeal of these draconian and antiquated laws that find no space in any modern liberal democracy.”

Thanks and wishes,
Seema Mustafa, President
Sanjay Kapoor, General Secretary
Anant Nath, Treasurer

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