Immediate Release- Freedom Fast- 4th day- Theatre artistes join the protest for internet freedom


May5, 2012- New Delhi

Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit from Save Your Voice are continuing with the fourth day of their hunger strike to support annulment motion against IT Rules-2011in the Rajya Sabha. Ongoing from the 2nd of May, they will carry on with their hunger strike until any satisfactory response from the government is received regarding the opposition of the annulment of IT Rules-2011. Today they were visited by Arvind Gaur, Director of Asmita Theatre (New Delhi) and a few of his associates. Arvind, who is known for his work in innovative socially and politically relevant theatre, has given his word that he will extend his support for the fight for Freedom of Speech & Expression in a full fledged manner. He is also against the implementation of the IT Act and says that internet should be provided ‘free’ and not brought under any rules. The activists were grateful for his encouraging visit.

Government has enacted laws that give it a free pass to censor our Facebook posts, listen to every Skype conversation we have, monitor our tweets or blogs or access private photographs and documents we store online, or track our location using our mobile phones or surveil all of our online activity. The campaigners want to convey to the government that they cannot use vaguely defined laws and loopholes to take away our freedom of speech and expression.

IT Acts are unconstitutional: On 11th April 2011, the Government notified the new Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 prescribing various guiding principles to be observed by all internet related companies. These rules will:

1. Lead to a clamp down on the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the Constitution of India by providing for a system of censorship/self-censorship by private parties;

2. Adversely affect the right to privacy of citizens by allowing Government agencies to access their information;

3. Will severely hamper the growth of internet penetration in India, and consequently lead to a slowdown of economic growth;

4. Limit the growth of various IT related industries and services (in particular cyber cafes, search engines and bloggers).

In addition, mandatory data retention would force the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to create vast and expensive new databases of sensitive information about an individual. That information would then be available to the government, in secret and without any court oversight.

Annulment Motion in Rajya Sabha: Sh. P. Rajeev, Hon’ble Member of the Rajya sabha has moved an ANNULMENT MOTION to get these rules abolished and the motion has been admitted and is expected to come up in this budget session. Bangalore MP- Rajeev Chandrashekar has spoken in the Parliament in support of this motion. It’s also interesting to note that a professor of chemistry of the Jadavpur University was arrested recently along with his neighbour for allegedly posting a cartoon on a popular social networking site and forwarding emails, cases were booked under the IT ACT as well.
During the last three days, people from various streams and in favour of this cause have visited the campaigning activists at Jantar Mantar, and helped to keep their motive intact.

Thanks,
Save Your Voice Team,
http://www.saveyourvoice.in,
http://www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice
Contact no: 09717900302, 09810659060, 09336505530, 07499219770

Press Release
फ्रीडम फास्ट (चौथा दिन): इंटरनेट फ्रीडम के समर्थन में टीम अन्ना के सदस्य अरविन्द गौर और उनकी थिएटर टीम भी पहुची जंतर मंतर

इंटरनेट सेंसरशिप के खिलाफ सेव योर वॉयस की भूख हड़ताल ‘फ्रीडम फास्ट’ का आज चौथा दिन था. फ्रीडम फास्ट का उद्देश्य है तमाम राजनीतिक दलों से आई टी रूल्स के खिलाफ राज्यसभा में आ रहे एनलमेंट मोशन के पक्ष में वोट करने की अपील करना. आज अनशन के चौथे दिन टीम अन्ना के सदस्य और वरिष्ठ रंगकर्मी अरविन्द गौर अपनी थिएटर टीम के साथ जंतर मंतर पहुचे और इंटरनेट की आज़ादी की वकालत की. अरविन्द गौर ने कहा कि इंटरनेट एक आम आदमी की अभिव्यक्ति का माध्यम है इसलिए इंटरनेट की आज़ादी लोकतंत्र के लिए बहुत ज़रूरी है. अरविन्द जी ने माना कि आज के समय अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी पर सबसे बड़ा ख़तरा इंटरनेट सेंसरशिप की ओर से ही आ रहा है.

सेव योर वॉयस की ओर से असीम त्रिवेदी और आलोक दीक्षित भूख हड़ताल पर हैं. इंटरनेट की आज़ादी के लिए ये अपनी तरह की पहली भूख हड़ताल है. ये पहला मौक़ा है जब देश के इंटरनेट यूज़र्स और ब्लोगर्स अपनी अधिकारों के लिए वर्चुअल वर्ल्ड से निकलकर ज़मीन पर उतरे हैं इंटरनेट को सेंसर करने की तानाशाही कोशिशों की खिलाफत कर रहे हैं.

अनशनकारी सरकार से मांग कर रहे हैं कि आईटी एक्ट २०११ को हटाया जाए और इनकी जगह कुछ मजबूत कानूनों को लाकर इंटरनेट को मजबूती प्रदान की जाए. केरल के एक एमपी पी राजीव इस कानून को हटाने के लिये राज्य सभा में एक एनलमेंट मोशन लाए हैं जिस पर पार्टी सांसदों को वोट करना है. अब तक किसी भी पार्टी ने इस मोशन पर वोट करने के लिये हामी नहीं भरी है. अगर यह कानून इस सत्र में खत्म नहीं होता है तो हमें इस हटवाने में कई साल लग जाएंगे.

सेव योर वॉयस टीम
09717900302, 09810659060
http://www.saveyourvoice.in
http://www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice

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