The Editors Guild of India has urged a review into accusations of widespread monitoring reportedly carried out by government agencies on journalists, civil society activists, businesses, and politicians using the Israeli spyware Pegasus inquiry the auspices of the Supreme Court of India, the Guild seeks an urgent and independent enquiry into these snooping claims,” it said in a news release.
It also urged that the inquiry committee include people with impeccable credibility from many walks of life, including journalists and civil society, for it to independently probe the facts surrounding the scope and aim of snooping utilizing Pegasus’ services.
According to the Guild, installing malware to spy on people is “a flagrant and unconstitutional attack on freedom of speech and press.”
“This act of prying effectively communicates that journalism and political protest are now synonymous with “terror.” How can a democratic society prosper if governments fail to protect freedom of speech and allow widespread surveillance? “, The Guild stated.
Under the auspices of the Supreme Court of India, the Guild seeks an immediate and independent investigation into the mass surveillance allegations.
We further urge that this inquiry committee include people of impeccable integrity from many walks of life, including journalists and civil society, in order for it to independently probe the facts surrounding the scope and aim of snooping utilising Pegasus’ services.
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