After a backlash over the controversial Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has clarified that the new amendment to the Kerala Police Act will not in any way be used against free speech or impartial media activity.
The new amendment attracted severe criticism with many saying that it aims at muzzling media. Speaking to ANI, Kerala CM said that anyone is free to make any strong criticism within the limits of the Constitution and the legal system.
The Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance on Saturday to curb growing attacks on social media against women and children.
Under the latest ordinance, posting, publishing or circulating defamatory content on social media can lead to jail upto five years and fine up to Rs 10,000.