IAC demands cartoonist Trivedi's release

Sep 10, 2012, 16:10 IST | Agencies

India Against Corruption has demanded that the sedition charge against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi be dropped and he be released.

Condemning the arrest of political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, India Against Corruption (IAC) today demanded that he be "unconditionally released" and the "baseless charge of sedition be withdrawn instantly."

Aseem Trivedi
Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi being taken into police custody

The IAC in a statement said, "The use of the sedition law against Aseem Trivedi is blatantly illegal and portrays the sign of a paranoid state that does not behove a mature democracy like India. His harassment smacks of vendetta against the anti-corruption movement."

"IAC demands that Aseem Trivedi be unconditionally released and all charges against him, including the baseless charge of sedition be withdrawn instantly."

IAC further said that it stood for freedom of expression and is anguished by the growing culture of intolerance for creative expression in the public domain.

"There can be two views about the content of some other cartoons put up by him on his website or indeed about their appropriateness, but these are matters to be judged by the public, and not by the police."

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