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Friday, December 09, 2022

India joins G7, 4 others to protect free speech, ‘online and offline’

India, along with G7 countries and four invitees, signed the ‘2022 Resilient Democracies Statement’ on Monday, in which they “protect the freedom, liberty and diversity of actors of civil society” and “freedom of expression and opinion online and offline”. Committed to Defense”. ,

“We, Germany, Argentina, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Senegal, South Africa,” said the four-page statement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the G-7 summit in Germany. The leaders, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, reaffirm our commitment to strengthen the resilience of our democracies.

“We welcome all courageous defenders of the democratic order who stand up to oppression and violence, and will advance international cooperation to improve the resilience of democratic societies globally,” it said.

The signatories stated that democracy enables “open public debate, free and pluralistic media” and “free flow of information online and offline”, promoting legitimacy, transparency, responsibility and accountability for citizens and elected representatives alike. .

and that they are prepared and determined to defend these principles:

* Protecting freedom of expression and opinion online and offline and ensuring a free and independent media landscape through our work with relevant international initiatives.

* Ensuring an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet.

* Enhance cyber resilience of digital infrastructure, including improving awareness and sharing of cyber threats and expanding cyber response cooperation.

* Combating hybrid threats including disinformation, in particular information manipulation and interference.

* Collaborating to combat information manipulation, promote accurate information, and advocate for our shared democratic values ​​around the world.

* Promote online and offline access to diverse sources of reliable and reliable information and data, through a multi-stakeholder approach, and by strengthening digital skills and digital literacy.

* Increase transparency about the actions of online platforms to combat violent, extremist and online inciting content.

Democracy lays the foundation for and protects free and vibrant civic spaces, enables and encourages civic engagement and political participation, which in turn encourage meaningful legitimacy, creativity, innovation, social accountability and responsibility, the statement said. does.

It said, “We are committed to:

* Protecting the freedom, liberty, and diversity of actors of civil society, speaking out against threats to civil space, and respecting freedom of association and peaceful assembly.

* Build resilience against deadly foreign interference and acts of international repression that seek to undermine trust in government, society and the media, reduce civilian space and silence critical voices.

* Advancing programs to protect human rights defenders and all those exposed to corruption.

It states that democracy promotes solidarity and a non-discriminatory, diverse, equitable, accessible and inclusive environment, enabling fair representation and political participation.

The countries committed to “protecting freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief and promoting inter-religious dialogue” and “promoting social solidarity, solidarity and involving all members of society online and offline, While condemning all forms of discrimination and violence.”

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