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Cartoonist Manjul sacked from Network 18 after Centre seeks action against his Twitter handle

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Popular political cartoonist Manjul’s contract with Network 18 has been terminated, people familiar with the situation told Scroll.in. This came days after Twitter sent the cartoonist a notice informing him that it has received a legal request from Indian authorities to take action against his social media profile.

He had been working with Network 18, a media company owned by Reliance Industries, on a contract basis for the last six years, reported The Wire.

On June 4, Manjul had shared the email he received from Twitter. The government had sought action against Manjul’s profile instead of a specific tweet, claiming it “violates the law(s) of India”.

Sharing the email on social media, Manjul wrote: “Jai ho Modi ji ki sarkaar ki [Hail the Modi government].” He also said it would have been good if the government mentioned which tweet of his had caused a problem.

The cartoonist has illustrated the grim reality of the devastating second wave of the pandemic in India and the slow pace of the vaccination drive.

In April, 52 tweets were taken down from the social media platform following orders from the government. The Centre claimed they were spreading fake news, but the majority of these tweets were critical of its handling of the health crisis as the second wave in India led to states grappling with shortages…

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