Editors Guild wants SC-monitored probe | India News

NEW DELHI: The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday expressed shock over reports of widespread surveillance of journalists, civil society activists, businessmen and politicians purportedly by the government and demanded that an “urgent and independent inquiry” be conducted into the snooping charges, under the aegis of the Supreme Court.
With the Pegasus Project releasing reports of widespread snooping over the past few days, EGI said it is shocked over the “brazen and unconstitutional attack” on freedom of speech and press.
“This act of snooping essentially conveys that journalism and political dissent are now equated with ‘terror’. How can a constitutional democracy survive if governments do not make an effort to protect freedom of speech and allows surveillance with such impunity?” an EGI statement said. Demanding that the Supreme Court-led inquiry committee comprise people with impeccable credibility from all walks of life, including journalism and civil society, EGI added, “This is a moment that demands deep introspection and inquiry into the kind of society we are heading towards, and how far we may have veered away from the democratic values enshrined in our Constitution.” With NSO, the Israeli company that manufactures the Pegasus spyware, claiming that it only sells the software to government clients vetted by the Government of Israel, the Pegasus Project reports, EGI said, “deepens suspicion of involvement of Indian government agencies in snooping on it’s own citizens”.

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