Indian cartoonist jailed on sedition charges
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Indian cartoonist jailed on sedition charges An Indian cartoonist detained on sedition charges for his satirical drawings highlighting widespread corruption among India’s political elite has been jailed for two weeks, rekindling a fierce debate on freedom of speech in the world’s largest democracy. In India the Enemies of Free Speech Find a "Symbolic" Means to Attack Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.Latest updates:
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25, turned himself in to police in the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai on the weekend. His arrest followed the publication of a series of cartoons, including one drawing that depicts the parliament building as a lavatory buzzing with flies.
The Virginia-based Cartoonists Rights Network International
has announced that Ali Ferzat and Aseem Trivedi are the 2012 recipients of the group’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award.
The honor is presented to a “cartoonist in great danger or who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights.
Despite its status as the world’s largest democracy, the extent of India’s freedom of expression remains a controversial topic, be it through stalling films for allegedly advocating “social unrest,” ransacking M.F. Husain’s exhibitions for allegedly provoking “religious militants,” or attempting to force Google, Facebook and others to prescreen postings for offensive material.