India, along with G7 countries and four invited countries, signed the G7 joint statement on ‘Resilient Democracies’. This statement called for protecting the freedom of expression and opinion, both online and offline.
2022 Resilient Democracies Statement —
- India, along with other countries at G7 summit, signed the 2022 Resilient Democracies Statement.
- Through this statement, the participating countries expressed their commitment to —
- guard the freedom, independence and diversity of civil society actors and
- protect the freedom of expression and opinion online and offline.
Principles propounded by the document –
Through this document the signatories resolved —
- Protecting the freedom of expression and opinion online and offline and ensuring a free and independent media landscape.
- Ensuring an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure internet.
- Increasing the cyber resilience of digital infrastructure.
- Countering hybrid threats, in particular information manipulation and interference, including disinformation.
- Enhancing transparency about the actions of online platforms to combat violent, extremist and inciting content online.
Commitments expressed by the document –
- Guarding the freedom, independence and diversity of civil society actors and respecting freedom of association and peaceful assembly.
- Building resilience against malign foreign interference and acts of transnational repression that seek to undermine trust in government, society and media.
- Advancing programmes for the protection of human rights defenders and all those exposing corruption.
- Protecting freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief and promoting inter-faith dialogue
- Promoting social cohesion, solidarity and the inclusion of all members of society online and offline, while denouncing all forms of discrimination and violence.