Indian Journalists Union ( IJU) hails the Supreme Court’s decision quashing the sedition case registered against journalist Vinod Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
The case was filed against Dua by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh over his YouTube show.
A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Vineet Saran had on October 6 last year reserved the verdict on the petition after hearing arguments for Dua, the Himachal Pradesh government and the complainant in the case.
In a statement issued by IJU president and former member of Press Council of India and secretary general Sabina Inderjit said the SC’s verdict is historic as it clearly defined the the issue of protection of freedom of speech and expression of media personnel, by sasayin “Every journalist is entitled to protection under the Kedar Nath Singh judgment (the famous verdict of 1962 on the scope and ambit of offence of sedition in the IPC).”
It is to be mentioned that, the apex court in 1962 ruled that the sedition charges could not be invoked against a citizen for criticism of government actions as it would be in conformity with the freedom of speech and expression, the release said.