Police Act amendment will not be used against media freedom, says Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has stated that the Police Act amendment will not be misused against the freedom of expression or unbiased journalism.
In a statement, the CM clarified that any anxieties in this regard are baseless.
The state government has been receiving numerous complaints against certain independent channels on social media. The complainants included prominent personalities from the social and cultural spheres of the society. The cyber-attacks launched by certain people in the name of online journalism has been brought to the attention of the government.
A lot of families are bearing the consequences of such attacks. Cyber-attacks have tragic consequences. These attacks do not qualify as journalism and are used to settle personal revenge. These attacks are usually motivated by the greed for money.
The freedom of an individual should not be violated in the name of media freedom and vice versa. The government is accountable to make sure that both freedoms go hand in hand. There are regulations being made at the international level in order to counter attacks on personal liberty. The regulation in Police Act amendment is also similar to this, CM’s statement said.
Dignity and respect for an individual is part of an evolved society. The constitution provides protection to a person’s dignity. Hence, it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that this is followed properly.
The amendment contains rules that adhere to the sections of the Constitution that protect media and individual freedom. The amendment is being implemented in the context of women and transgenders being targeted on social media.
The Chief Minister also stated that the government will consider all suggestions and constructive opinions raised in connection with the amendment.