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Thursday, February 11 2021


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When it comes to national security, safety and sovereignty, this government can go to any extent as was evident from our action against TikTok. We are giving you space to do business in India, not to run its democracy.

That’s an unnamed top official in the Wall Street Journal indicating that the government will not back down in its battle with Twitter. The company has thus far permanently deleted more than 500 accounts, and prevented many others from being viewed in India. But it has drawn the line at blocking media organizations, journalists and activists—including Caravan magazine and handles of the farmer unions. But the government says its list is “non-negotiable.” Legal experts say that as an intermediary, Twitter “cannot sit in judgement or partially implement the order.”

Big Story

The framing of Indian activists

The TLDR: The explosive results of a highly respected US forensics firm show that Rona Wilson and sixteen others may have been framed in the Bhima Koregaon case. The digital evidence is damning and has been submitted to the Maharashtra High Court—and offers the first sign of hope that the likes of Stan Swamy and Varavara Rao may go free. We explain the case and the results of the investigation—with some details sacrificed for brevity.

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