The guild mentioned snooping on journalists and civil society activists quantities to “equating journalism and political dissent with terrorism”

By Vanshika Yadav

PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 09:32 AM IST

The Editors Guild of India has condemned the alleged focusing on by Israeli spy ware Pegasus of politicians, journalists, and constitutional authorities and demanded an impartial inquiry into it below the Supreme Court’s supervision. It mentioned journalists and civil society members ought to be part of the inquiry. The guild mentioned snooping on journalists and civil society activists quantities to “equating journalism and political dissent with terrorism”.

It expressed its considerations “over the brazen and unconstitutional act”.

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“How can a constitutional democracy survive if governments do not make an effort to protect freedom of speech and allow surveillance with such impunity?” the guild mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday. It urged society to self-introspect and query its values. “We may have veered away from the democratic values enshrined in our constitution,” the assertion mentioned.

The authorities has maintained that no type of unlawful surveillance is feasible.

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