#India Many have seen reports of the massive #FarmersProtests. As the right to dissent faces increasing challenge in India, press freedom is again threatened. 8 journalists face criminal charges, incl sedition, for reporting allegations of rights abuses during the protests.
If you are interested in the way dissent and free expression has become increasingly criminalised in Modi’s #India, since 2014, this excellent new database bears close examination.
Worth reading this @hrw piece on what’s happening on the official response to the #FarmersProtest. India’s govt has focused on discrediting peaceful protesters, harassing critics of the government, & prosecuting those reporting on the govt: @mg2411
Yesterday, severalTwitter accounts reporting on or challenging the govt’s response to the #FarmersProtests were strangely suspended by @TwitterIndia. No explanation. And the accounts remained visible outside India. The threat to #freeexpression, & to peaceful dissent, grows.
More on how India’s colonial-era sedition laws are being used to dismantle freedom of speech, protected by the Indian constitution, as part of a narrative to control opinion. A discourse of fundamental rights is now sharply pitted against a state ideology, through nationalism.
A legal perspective on the use of sedition laws + to hamper a free press.

“The more ridiculous the accusations become, the more severe the chilling effect, as journalists realise that even taking care from a legal standpoint is of no use.” @VakashaS

“The erosion of democracy in India did not happen in a single moment, or because of a single man...Yet Modi is central to all this." An essential piece by @VidyaKrishnan on how the playbook of nationalism dampens and then crushes dissent. #FarmersProtests theatlantic.com/international/…
Meanwhile, @rihanna & @GretaThunberg really meant business, even as the Indian government told them today to mind their own business.

The world is noticing.
This is from one of the Indian journalists arrested (now bailed) for reporting at the #FarmersProtest.

It’s an important message. Indian stars tweeting Indian govt hashtags might reflect that #IndiaTogether has a right to know, should know, what’s happening within its borders.
In a laughable wrong turn, there is now a criminal case filed against @GretaThunberg for expressing her solidarity with the #FarmersProtest.

Ironically, this hyper-sensitivity shows the online exposure is working. Attention is being focused on the real rights & wrongs in play.

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