Internet censorship: UN Chief opposes Indian Govt's decision

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Ban Ki Moon
New Delhi, Dec 9: Reacting to Indian government's move to screen the content in social networking sites, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said access to internet and various social media must not be blocked as a way to prevent criticism and public debate. He further said that social networking sites play an important role in global events.

Addressing a gathering at United Nations Information Centre on the eve of Human Rights Day, he said, "Today, within their existing obligation to respect the rights of freedom to assemble and expression, governments must not block access to internet and various forms of social media as a way to prevent criticism and public debate."

Meanwhile, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told that the government will evolve guidelines and mechanisms for the screening of internet content.

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