Expat played important role in India’s freedom of speech

Published:  9 Apr at 2 PM
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IT entrepreneur, Javed Farooqui, has made it possible for Indians to post comments online and tweet without the fear of getting arrested.

Mr Farooqui, one of mouthshut.com’s founding directors who is based in Dubai, got his company to file a writ petition contesting Section 66A contained in the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 to the Supreme court. This act was deemed to suppress free speech online.

According to Javed Farooqui, this is a victory for the common man to have his voice heard. He is proud that he was among the people who fought for the freedom of speech in India.

His business, mouthshut.com , is a consumer generated review portal and is also co-owned by his brother Fasial Farooqui. Their part in making the court decide to scrap Section 66A is widely hailed as a seminal move in ensuring the fundamental rights of expression and speech in India.

Javeed and Fasial Farooqui’s business came under heavy scrutiny under the act as whenever anyone posted negative reviews on their open platform site, they were obligated to remove them. Section 66A in the IT Act, which came into place in 2000, has come under the hammer of many free speech activists and campaigners after reports of many people getting arrested after posting contentious comments online.
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