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Meghalaya journalist Patricia Mukhim terms Sedition law ‘archaic, colonial’

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Journalist Partricia Mukhim has termed the sedition law as an “archaic colonial law” and said that “it is extremely necessary to scrap it.”

The Editor-in-Chief of The Shillong Times, a news daily from Meghalaya, said it was necessary to protect the freedom of press which was being hindered by this law.

Mukhim along with Anuradha Bhasin, the owner of The Kashmir Times have approached the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of the sedition law of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

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Talking to InsideNE, Mukhim said, “It has become a kind of pattern that anyone who criticizes the government or anyone who puts up a Facebook post against government policies is accused of sedition”.

Speaking about Manipur Activist Leichombam Erendro’s recent release from Jail, Mukhim said, “Erendro should never have been arrested on sedition charges in the first place. He was just criticizing the idea of ‘Gaumutra’ curing COVID, which many others have done”.

Erendro was arrested in May under various sections of the National Security Act.

Mukhim claimed that criticizing about something that government has done wrong is not sedition in a country that has freedom of speech and expression.

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