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Ordinance restricting free speech passed in Kerala

Nov 22, 2020 16:04 IST

A punitive ordinance has been incorporated in the Kerala Police Act which will lead to jail term for any social media or cyber post that is deemed 'offensive' or threatening. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan gave his approval to this ordinance by the LDF government. This amendment could have a drastic effect on free speech giving police power to restrict this freedom of press. Kerala Chief Minister claimed the decision taken was due to the growing abuse on social media targeting individuals. Lawyers and activists are said to approach the High Court against this ordinance.