IT Rules 2021 within scope of IT Act, seeks to prevent misuse of freedom of press; no proof to show chilling effect: Centre to Delhi High Court

These submissions were made in a reply to petitions challenging the validity of the IT Rules, 2021.
IT Rules 2021 within scope of IT Act, seeks to prevent misuse of freedom of press; no proof to show chilling effect: Centre to Delhi High Court
Delhi High Court

The Central government has asserted before the Delhi High Court that the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) is well within the scope of the Information Technology Act (IT Act), 2000, that it is does not infringe any fundamental rights and that there is little evidence to show that they have had a chilling effect on the right to freedom of speech.

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