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October 11, 2012

Sedition Charges Against Aseem Trivedi To Be Dropped

Various wire reports today have the state government headquartered in Mumbai deciding to drop sedition charges against the cartoonist Aseem Trivedi. This will be communicated from advocate general to the high court in Bombay tomorrow; it's already been communicated to the police.

Charges for dishonoring various national symbols and institutions will remain in place, which is no small thing given that this could mean jail time and such laws are rife for abuse as a club employed against basic, international standards of free speech and for political reasons given the nature of criticism that employs those rhetorical tools.
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