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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 25, New Delhi, June 5, 2021

Editors Guild of India welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on the sedition case against Vinod Dua

Friday 4 June 2021

The Editors Guild of India

PRESS STATEMENT

June 4th, 2021

The Editors Guild of India 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 judgment 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 Guild demands repeal of these draconian and antiquated laws that find no space in any modern liberal democracy.

Seema Mustafa, President
Sanjay Kapoor, General Secretary
Anant Nath, Treasurer

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