New Delhi: Britain’s renowned newspaper The Guardian has alleged through a report that many governments of the world are spying on many big personalities including human rights activists, journalists, big lawyers through a special software named Pegasus. In which India is also included. Those accused of spying in India include more than forty journalists, one constitutional figure, three opposition leaders, two government ministers, current and former chiefs of security agencies and some businessmen.
The Indian government rejected the Guardian’s claim, saying – everyone’s privacy is safe
The Indian government’s reaction to the Guardian’s disclosure has come. It has been said from the Government of India that India is a strong democracy – here everyone’s privacy is respected – Personal Data Protection Act is applicable in India, according to which everyone’s privacy is protected. The government has said that in the Guardian story, conclusions are being drawn without evidence – which means that you want to play the role of lawyer and investigator without any reason.
The government said that the commitment to freedom of expression as a fundamental right is the cornerstone of India’s democratic system. We have always tried to get an aware citizen by emphasizing on the culture of open dialogue. The government has clarified in its reply that the printed story is bogus and the factless story has been published with prejudice.
What allegations have the Guardian made?
According to the Guardian newspaper, this espionage software has been sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO to the governments of the countries. According to the revelations of the Guardian newspaper, more than 50 thousand people are being spied through this software.
The consortium’s analysis of the leaked data found at least 10 governments believed to be NSO customers who were entering numbers into a system. It includes data from countries like Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India and the United Arab Emirates. The Guardian claims that this has been revealed after the investigation of 16 media organizations.
The investigation report claimed that journalists associated with media organizations such as The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, News18, India Today, The Hindu, The Wire and The Pioneer were targeted through Pegasus spyware. It is claimed that an Indian agency had tapped their phones between 2017 and 2019 to monitor journalists working in these institutions.
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