Defend Free Speech — Stand with Trivedi!
Our government threw cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in jail for depicting India’s crass corruption — and while he faces up to three years in prison, the corrupt politicians he was lampooning are walking free. Our freedoms are slipping away and it’s time we said enough!
Trivedi, a 25-year-old anti-corruption activist, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sedition — the same British-era law they used against Gandhiji. His crime? Drawing satirical cartoons to criticize our political elite! Information Minister Ambika Soni is defending this gross violation of freedom of speech, but Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has responded saying the arrest is unjustified.
A court has just granted Trivedi bail, but only a huge public outcry can persuade RR Patil to use his powers to have the charges dropped, defend free speech and push back government censors. Sign the petition now and forward this to everyone — when we reach 100,000 signatures, Avaaz will deliver our message right in front of R R Patil’s office on a "Freedom of Speech Wall", featuring renowned cartoonists:
To Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil:
As concerned citizens across India, we urge you to use your powers to ensure all charges against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi are dropped. We are counting on you to stop this attack on freedom of speech and protect our democracy.