The world's largest city has been built thanks to the declining freedom of expression in India.
According to PEN America, a US non-profit working to protect freedom of expression in the world, India continues to be one of the top ten countries to imprison the most number of writers and journalists. The index was released on April 13th. The organization, which includes a total of 7,000 writers, activists, and journalists, has gathered around the country.
China remains the worst offender, while Myanmar increased several ranks with a significant increase in arrests in 2021, owing to the military coup in the country.
In India, many continue to face governmental pressure for their public opinion on these issues.
For example, those who were detained in connection with the Elgar Parishad case in December 2017, remain in jail. The issue relates to violence following the right-wing Hindutva groups' pushback during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the.
Three persons in Uttar Pradesh are accused of revealing an exam paper leak. Earlier, a prosecution was filed against another accused of exposeing the poor implementation of the state.
Journalists and activists such as Aakar Patel and Rana Ayyub, who have been harsh critics of India's government, have been placed with looking-out notices and subjected to probes.
In India, the freedom of expression is falling.
Although arrests are a key part of India's ranking, the authorities of the report note that they underscore the country's broader political situation.
The environment for freedom of expression in India continued to decline in 2021, according to the report. In their annual Freedom in the World report for 2020, the White House noted further unusual trends in 2021, including a February 2021 law restricting anonymity and encryption on social media applications, and the official use of Pegasus spyware against journalists and human rights activists.
Dissident voices continue to be subjected to detentions, travel restrictions, and threats from security forces, all of whom are aimed at reducing their displeasure.