Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that freedom of expression is a fundamental right as a general enunciation of a principle in reference to India.

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Asked by a Journalist on Monday about the filing of sedition cases against senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and a number of other Indian journalists, Dujarric said: “Look, I’m not particularly familiar with that case. What I can tell you is that the freedom of expression is a fundamental universal freedom and other people should be ready to speak their mind and opine freely.”

Following the violence on January 26 in New Delhi , the Noida police booked Tharoor, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Vinod K Jose (Caravan) et al. for sedition

An FIR lodged on January 28 stated that they were booked for tweeting and spreading fake news concerning the death of a farmer during the tractor rally on January 26.

The Editors Guild condemned the filing of cases on the idea of their alleged tweets asserting that they conformed to established journalistic practices.

“On the day of the protest and high action, several reports were emerging from eyewitnesses on the bottom also as from the police, and thus it had been only natural for journalists to report all the small print as they emerged. this is often in line with established norms of journalistic practice,” the statement explained.

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