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Protest rally in support of scribe on Monday

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Abhay Patil, MLA Belgaum South in a press briefing gave more info on why the Breach of privilege was put against Kiran Thakur. Editor of Tarun Bharat daily. He gave press clippings on which the MLA had objections.

He also gave the press council of India regulations. He also categorically denied that Kiran Thakur was being targeted as he was owner of a Marathi paper. No border dispute is involved in this case he added.
A protest rally has been organized in support of Kiran Thakur by various organizations of the city on Monday at 10 am from Dharmveer Sambhaji Circle. The the rally will culminate at the DC’s office where a memorandum would be given. Various groups have come together and said that this is a attack on the freedom of the press.

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Kiran Thakur has been summoned by the assembly to be present in front of it tomorrow, Monday.

It will have to be seen as to what happens when Mr.Kiran Thakur appears in the assembly and replies to the allegations made against him.

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  1. The MLAs have thrown a childish tantrum and the “mommy” government of karnataka has yielded to tantrums. The hegemony continues… first the blatantly undemocratic dissolution of BCC and now the unabashed suppresion of freedom of press.

    For those of you who will respond to this, let me pre-empt the discussion by reminding you of the constitutional rights of the citizens of India:
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    FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION

    Article 19(1)(a) of Indian Constitution says that all citizens have the right to freedom of speech and expression. Freedom of Speech and expression means the right to express one’s own convictions and opinions freely by words of mouth, writing, printing, pictures or any other mode. It thus includes the expression of one’s idea through any communicable medium or visible representation, such as gesture, signs, and the like. This expression connotes also publication and thus the freedom of press is included in this category. Free propagation of ideas is the necessary objective and this may be done on the platform or through the press. This propagation of ideas is secured by freedom of circulation. Liberty of circulation is essential to that freedom as the liberty of publication. Indeed, without circulation the publication would be of little value. The freedom of speech and expression includes liberty to propagate not one’s views only. It also includes the right to propagate or publish the views of other people; otherwise this freedom would not include the freedom of press.
    Freedom of expression has four broad special purposes to serve:
    1) It helps an individual to attain self-fulfillment.
    2) It assists in the discovery of truth.
    3) It strengthens the capacity of an individual in participating in decision-making.
    4) It provides a mechanism by which it would be possible to establish a reasonable balance between stability and social change.
    5) All members of society would be able to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others.

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