Cartoonist Manjul has been suspended from Network18 with “immediate effect”, four days after receiving a notice from Twitter. According to the news of The Wire, this action has been taken on June 8. Let us tell you that Twitter had received a complaint from the Government of India against his account. Manjul himself had informed about this a few days ago while sharing an email from Twitter. In the email, Twitter wrote that it has received a complaint from the Indian Law Enforcement that his content is in violation of Indian law.
Posting a screenshot of the email received from Twitter, Manjul wrote, “Jai ho Modi ji ki sarkar ki!” Manjul wrote in another tweet that it would have been better if the government had told which tweet was the problem.
Although the government alleged that one of Manjul’s tweets “violates the law(s) of India”, Twitter has yet to take any action against him and has suggested that the cartoonists seek legal advice and challenge in court, request the government, or contact civil society organizations to find a solution, or remove the post voluntarily.
Manjul had posted several images criticizing the Center for its handling of the COVID outbreak, highlighting the grim reality of the devastating second wave of the pandemic,
According to the report of The Wire, on the news of his suspension, sources in Network 18 said that the sudden move has taken them by surprise.