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Sibal wants dialogue, not censorship: Khurshid

Dec 06, 2011 06:44 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Defending the Telecom Minister's comments over screening web comments, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said that Kapil Sibal has nowhere suggested of a censorship.

Talking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Khurshid said, "Sibal hasn't spoken of censorship, but he has only suggested negotiation with the service providers like Facebook, Google and others, about what would be appropriate given the context of our country."

He said that there was no harm in a dialogue and pointed out that the the social networking websites also agree with the fact that inappropriate comments should be avoided.

"There has to be a line where steps have to be taken to prevent damage," Khurshid added.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve agreed with Khurshid on the need to filter inappropriate comments, but said that the government in this case needs to educate people rather than 'running around with a stick on people's head.'

The government is asking leading Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook to screen alleged derogatory, defamatory and inflammatory content about religious figures and Indian leaders.