This Blog Covers Techno Legal Issues Of Internet, Mobile And Social Media Censorship In India For Digital India, Aadhaar, Natgrid, Etc By Twitter, Facebook, Google, Etc. Technology Companies Of India And US Are Silently Censoring Critical Contents About Indian Govt From Time To Time. This Is Defeating The Right To Speech And Expression Of Indians And Their Right To Know.
seems the affairs of Google are well beyond its control. From news
censorship to blog censorship, Google has been doing it
all. Initially it used to be a piecemeal work but now Google has been
indulging in mass censorship and mass demotion of blogs.
action penalty by Google is in abundance these days.
However, what is surprising is the fact that Google is indulging in
illegal and wrong manual action penalty and blogs and news
Even worst is the aspect that Google never discloses
the reason for such censorship and manual penalty. The aggrieved
person has no remedy to agitate against the wrong doings of Google.
The following websites have been demoted and
subjected to manual action penalty by Google without any reason and
money making exercise of power companies of Delhi is
happening with active support of Delhi government that has not taken
any action against the defaulting companies despite many complaints
Even the assurances of Delhi’s chief minister
Sheila Dikshit proved nothing more than lip service. However, if this
was not enough Google has been censoring news pointing towards such
corrupt practices happening in open in Delhi.
Google has censored the news titled “Power
Companies Defying Delhi Chief Minister’s Directions”
at the instance of some of the power companies who do not wish to be
exposed. Even the hand of Delhi government in it cannot be ruled out.
This censorship exercise is not only wrong but is clearly illegal on
the part of Google as it has not provided any intimation or/and
option to counter false claims of such power companies.
Google has been censoring news
in India for long and we believe it is high time to send a
notice to them and ask for proper explanation in this regard. This is
so because if Google is following Indian laws then it has to comply
with the same for all purposes. On the other hand, if Google is
following US laws then there is an obligation on its part to provide
an opportunity to the aggrieved party to represent his/her/its case.
The unilateral action of censorship on the part of
Google is therefore clearly illegal and needs to be checked legally.
We are working in this direction and would update our viewers very
The news article in question has nothing
controversial but it is discussing about some of the most corruption
related aspects of India. Perhaps, the article has brought out in
public the dirty linen of Indian government but the censorship act of
Google has also brought Google’s dirty linen in public as well.
It seems Indian government is not interested in
putting the truth before the public at large. First it claimed that
it has destroyed the Radia tapes and then it claimed that the
investigation is still going on so the tapes are required to be kept
in safe custody.
However, the Indian government has still not told
the Supreme Court of India who leaked the tapes. It seems public
interest is not important and all the Indian government is doing is
hiding of the dirty facts and truths of Radia tapes controversy.
As opined by Praveen Dalal, managing partner of ICT
law firm Perry4Law,
“The Indian Constitutional Scheme is based upon “Balance of
Rights” and no right is absolute in nature. In case of conflict
between two Fundamental Rights, the Fundamental Right that
strengthens and substantiate the Public Interest should prevail”.
Hence if there is a conflict between Right to Privacy and Right to
Information/know, information can be disclosed in certain
circumstances to substantiate and strengthen Public Interest, opines
It is high time for Indian government to disclose
who leaked the Radia tapes. Similarly, the Supreme Court of India
must also keep in mind the balance of fundamental rights as citizens
of India have a right to know about the corrupt practices happening
within the governmental functioning.