Govt cites freedom of speech to defend PM Narendra Modi; no crackdown against trolls on Twitter in offing

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New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2017 3:53:10 PM

Hansraj responded to TMC leader Derek O’Brien’s statement which he gave in Rajya Sabha saying that PM Narendra Modi 'follows' certain Twitter trolls who post "venomous, misogynist” content.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has come out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing freedom of speech. (PTI) Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has come out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing freedom of speech. (PTI)

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has come out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing freedom of speech while ruling out limitation on anyone in a democracy like India. Hansraj responded to Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien’s statement which he gave in Rajya Sabha saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘follows’ certain Twitter trolls who post “venomous, misogynist” content apart from posting “murdeous threats”.

In a statement to The Indian Express, the MoS for Home said, “Is the government sending an advisory to such high authorities not to follow such trolls who are speaking of rape and posting misogynist (woman hater) threats under the guise of anonymity? There is no provision as per our Constitution to impose any curbs on anyone.”

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Drawing away from PM’s twitter issue, Hansraj dismissed suggestions on the fact that attacks on journalists were on the rise. Informing the Lower House, he said that in 2014, 114 attacks on journalists were reported. He also said that 28 cases were registered in this regard in 2015.

The MoS for Home briefed that a data on attacks on journalists is being maintained since 2014. He added that these cases are dealt by the state governments while the Press Council of India (PCI) has the powers to intervene and introspect. Hansraj said that in 2014, there were 63 cases of attacks on journalists registered in Uttar Pradesh. While, this year, the attacks on journalists have dropped down tremendously to one.

He said, “Whether all cases are registered, it does not look like. We have not received any report of attack on journalists from West Bengal. Except for two states, UP and West Bengal, all other states are informing us.’’

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