Katju on Abhishek Manu Singhvi CD
Only if curbs are placed on social media will reputations of people be safe in India.
Newslaundry comments: We are sure Mr Singhvi followed up this letter with a bouquet of roses. At least he knows someone cares.
Mrs. Ambika Soni,
Hon’ble Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting
Dear Mrs. Soni,
I am deeply distressed that a new practice has developed in the social media of its misuse for defaming people/groups/religions/communities. The recent example is of dissemination of a CD which even the author admitted had been distorted for defaming a reputed senior lawyer of the Supreme Court and Member of Parliament, and the threat to defame a Union Minister. The social media kept uploading the CD despite a Court injunction against it and despite the author admitting that he had doctored it.
In my opinion unless some curbs are placed on the social media nobody’s reputation will be safe in India.
I have repeatedly said that while there is freedom of the media in our country, no freedom can be absolute, and has to be coupled with responsibilities. The reputation of a person is a valuable asset, and cannot be permitted to be trampled upon by mischievous people. The social media often acts irresponsibly, which can irreparably damage a person’s reputation.
I would therefore request you to set up a team of legal and technical experts to find out ways and means of checking this menace, including, if the government thinks fit, initiating suitable legislation for this purpose, for filtering out such offensive material.