Suspend new rules for governing online content, say 13 advocacy groups

NEW DELHI: Digital advocacy group Access Now and 13 other organisations, including Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and Article 19 have urged the union government to suspend the implementation of its new rules for governing content and communications online, calling them “unconstitutional.”
The signed letter comes a few days after the government implemented the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code to regulate online content. The rules, activists say, is a political tool to curb dissent and control the critique of the government.
“Suspend the implementation of the intermediary rules and commit to reviewing them — including undertaking sustained, meaningful and broadly participatory consultation with the public at large,” the letter further reads, adding that the government should also be transparent when it asks social media companies to take down…

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