Freedom Fast: Save Your Voice Continues Protest for Internet Freedom
NEW DELHI – Two anti- web censorship activists ended their 7-day fast Wednesday [May 9th, 2012] at a New Delhi hospital on the advice of doctors over deteriorating health.
Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, whose case was featured on ArtLeaks earlier this year, and activist-journalist Alok Dixit of the ‘Save Your Voice’ campaign were fasting at Jantar Mantar since May 2 to press for the annulment of IT Rules 2011. […]
The controversial IT Rules 2011 makes intermediary websites liable for any content published on them. Domain would be legally bound to ban a website or blog within 36 hours of receiving complaints from any user or authority.
“No notice will be served, no hearing will take place and no judicial orders need to be issued to do so,” Dixit said. “The onus to prove innocence would lie on the owners of the websites in a court. This is ridiculous.”
News websites would thus be held responsible for readers’ comments, he added.
He said the government was banning websites and deleting Facebook accounts without any notice or warning “Internet gave us the liberty to raise our voices against various issues. But it is no more a free voice.”
While international domain providers like Google and Yahoo are fighting against the Rules, Indian domain providers have started implementing it fearing the legal consequences, Dixit said. Mumbai Police banned cartoonist Trivedi’s website cartoonagainstcorruption.com some months ago on the basis of complaints by a Congress party leader.
“We have just ended the hunger protest, but not the struggle,” Dixit said. “We will fight this injustice against freedom of speech.”
via Save Your Voice
Imagine a situation when our Facebook posts are being censored or each of our Skype conversations is being overheard. Suppose that our tweets or blogs, the private photographs and documents that we store and other such online activities are being by monitored by someone else other than us. Does it seem very implausible for something like this to happen? Well, it surely will happen if the IT Act 2011 is not annulled!
4. Limit the growth of various IT related industries and services (in certain cyber cafes, search engines and bloggers)
Please sign this petition to “SAVE YOUR VOICE”. Government wants to use the threat of ” national security” or “public morality” to undermine our digital rights. Tell your lawmakers that we won’t stand for censorship, monitoring or dangerous, unsupervised information sharing in this law or any law like it.
May 9, 2012, Burke, Virginia – Today Dr. Robert Russell, the Executive Director of the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), announced the winners of the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award as decided by a unanimous vote of the CRNI Board of Directors. The winners are Ali Ferzat, from Syria, and Aseem Trivedi, from India. CRNI, the only international organization exclusively devoted to defending the human rights of cartoonists imperiled because of their work, will hold the award ceremony during the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) on September 15. The ceremony is currently scheduled to take place at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC. […]
Aseem Trivedi, a young cartoonist from India, like Ali Ferzat, made two courageous decisions. First, in an atmosphere of increasing censorship and repression in the world’s largest democracy, Aseem launched the Cartoons Against Corruption website. In an effort to mobilize his fellow citizens against India’s pervasive political corruption, Aseem filled this site with his anti-corruption cartoons. After being charged with treason and insulting national symbols, Aseem made his second courageous act. Despite the charges and threats of additional charges, he has taken a leadership role in India’s emerging free speech movement. Joining forces with other free speech activists, Aseem has launched an online freedom of expression campaign called Save Your Voice: A Movement Against Web Censorship.