RS Prasad's intervention isn't enough: 4 more questions arising from Tribune's Aadhaar story -Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

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published Published on Jan 9, 2018   modified Modified on Jan 9, 2018
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Why did UIDAI ask for an FIR against the journalist if it respects press freedom?

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tried to calm some nerves on Monday, following allegations that his government is attempting to gag the press from reporting on security vulnerabilities connected to Aadhaar. Prasad posted a tweet saying the government is committed to a free press and asked the body that oversees Aadhaar to get help from a newspaper that had revealed those security weaknesses through an investigation. The Unique Identification Authority of India promptly responded, also on Twitter, saying it too was committed to freedom of the press and asked the Tribune for “any constructive suggestion”.

As far as some were concerned, the story ended there and can now leave the headlines, makings pace for the next political event that will dominate the news for a day and then disappear. In reality, however, the two tweets barely addressed the matter at hand and have left a host of questions remaining regarding Aadhaar, the UIDAI, Prasad’s attitude to the matter and what lessons news organisations, and indeed anyone critical of the UID, can take away from the incident.

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Scroll.in, 9 January, 2018, https://scroll.in/article/864324/rs-prasads-intervention-isnt-enough-4-more-questions-arising-from-tribunes-aadhaar-story


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