People slam Devenda Fadnavis for enacting special law to protect journalists

Maharashtra assembly has passed a special law that aims to protect journalists from violence. While prima facie it might look okay, there are some serious issues with the idea, as we had explained in this article earlier.

In a nutshell, every citizen of India should be protected from violence without making special laws for a group that increasingly appear privileged (not accountable to anyone) than vulnerable. Further, there are also certain tricky provisions like jail up to three years if one “provokes” or “instigates” someone to indulge in violence, which doesn’t look good given track record of how speech laws are used to curb criticism in India.

Understandably this law irked many people on Twitter, including those who would normally support BJP and thus Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Here are some reactions we managed to compile:

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