FSMI hails decision of Supreme court landmark judgement on Section 66A of IT Act

Free Software Movement of India hails the Supreme court of India's landmark judgement that struck down Section 66A of the IT Act. A bench of justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman had on February 26 reserved its judgement after Government concluded its arguments contending that section 66A of the Information Technology Act cannot be "quashed" merely because of the possibility of its "abuse". In their order, the court said, Section 66A is violative of Article 19(1)(a), not saved by Article 19(2), hence unconstitutional. The apex court also said Section 66A of IT Act clearly affects Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression enshrined under Constitution. Free Software Movement of India congratulates all the activists, democratic minded citizens, media, policy makers, advocacy groups, communities and organisations who have come together and fought against this act.

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