Friday, September 07, 2012

Sedition in India

Aseem Trivedi is an Indian cartoonist. He runs a website, Cartoons against corruption on which he posts pointed political cartoons attacking India's corrupt political system. For this, he has been charged with sedition and "insulting national symbols" (the article says "treason", but other sources identify the clause in the Indian Penal Code, and its sedition). If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

I can't think of a more perfect example of why such laws need to be erased - and I'm very glad that we managed to do it here.