Act of sheer hypocrisy
The major Left-wing party CPI(M)’s duplicity is exposed on its objection of Central Government bringing Digital Media & OTT platforms from IT Ministry to Information & Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) while passing a draconian law in the party ruled Kerala for jailing people for five years for social media posts. On November 12, the CPI(M) Polit Bureau issued a statement objecting Central Government’s policy to change the controlling Ministry with regard to digital media and OTT platforms. Read below the three-paragraph statement of CPI(M) headed by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury who preaches liberal values non-stop.
“No to Direct Government Control Over Digital Media – By a notification, the Central Government has brought all digital/ online media platforms and online content providers within the ambit of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. These were under the Ministry of Information and Electronic Technology earlier, and subject to various provisions under the IT Act to deal with digital platforms and intermediaries.
what CPI(M) preaches and does when in power. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan now facing a series of allegations are also a Member of the CPI(M)’s highest body Polit Bureau.
“This notification is a clear expression of intent that the Central Government is now moving to “regulate” digital media content. Having muzzled the print and electronic/ visual media to a considerable extent, it is moving to control digital media.
“The CPI(M) is opposed to control of the digital media by a government department. The CPI(M) believes that the existing laws and IT Act are adequate for the purpose of a healthy digital media.”
Actually, the Central Government was forced to bring a clarification of digital media and OTT platform controlling Ministry after facing many cases in Courts. Recently Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to detail the regulatory mechanism on digital media etc. Now we can see what CPI(M) done in the party-ruled lone state – Kerala – in India.
A few weeks back the CPI(M)-ruled lone state government – Kerala – in India issued an Ordinance and on November 21, it is implemented after getting Governor’s approval. As per the new move, a new Section 118A is introduced in Kerala Police Act. This new Section 118A will empower to take cases against offending, intimidating, and defamatory posts in social media. Earlier proposed five-year jail term is reduced to three years as per the Gazette notification issued by Kerala Government. Many legal experts are saying this draconian law will be challenged in courts and expected to be quashed.
See what CPI(M) preaches and does when in power. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan now facing a series of allegations are also a Member of the CPI(M)’s highest body Polit Bureau. See the above-published statement of CPI(M) Polit Bureau against Central Government changing just a Ministry for the administration of digital media and OTT platforms.
The CPI(M) Polit Bureau statement headline is no control of “No to Direct Government Control Over Digital Media” and it ends with saying: “The CPI(M) believes that the existing laws and IT Act are adequate for the purpose of a healthy digital media.”
So why has the CPI(M) in Kerala, brought a new Section 118A to jail people for social media posts? Any answers Mr. Sitaram Yechury and his comrades? This is sheer hypocrisy or duplicity.