India: freedom of speech, information & media
For her talk on Kashmir (videos to the right), w riter Arundhati Roy has come under the threat of “sedition” charges in India. These speeches are currently being analyzed by Delhi police. Her response to the threat is below and was issued from Srinagar :
A senior investigative journalist, who extensively covered underworld and crime for over two decades, was shot dead in broad daylight on Saturday by four motorbike-borne persons who pumped bullets into him from behind at close range in suburban Powai.
It has been some time since EFF blogged about Hari Prasad. Earlier this year, a team of security researchers led by Prasad, Alex Halderman , and Rop Gonggrijp was able to study an electronic voting machine (EVM) in actual use in India.
The Indian government wants to censor the Internet without being seen to be censoring the Internet.
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Earlier this week, the Indian Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal asked Internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo to pre-screen derogatory, defamatory and inflammatory content about political leaders and religion.
The Indian Telecommunications Minister met on Monday afternoon with top officials of Internet companies and social media sites, including the Indian units of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, to compel them to filter offensive content.
The use of the humble Blackberry may be outlawed in India if Research in Motion fails to comply with the government’s strict security demands.
by David Rizk, EFF Legal Intern