Editorial: Pegasus Project – What the People want to know
“Pegasus”, the spyware used by the Israeli Surveillance Tech Enterprise NSO, emerged as the biggest headache for several governments across the globe. And India is no exception. The controversy stalled the Parliament proceedings.
The leaked data shows that at least 180 journalists have been selected as targets in countries like India, Mexico, Hungary, Morocco and France, among others. Potential targets also include human rights defenders, academics, businesspeople, lawyers, doctors, union leaders, diplomats, politicians, ministers and several heads of states.
As per the Amnesty International disclosure “An unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance by the customers of the Israeli company NSO Group shows how this technology has been systematically abused for years.” The popular non-profit media publication “The Wire” had done a commendable investigative job, stating the ‘hand’ of the Modi Government behind this heinous act. At the same time, the Modi Government strongly denies this allegation. In this situation, the Government of India should clarify its position. They have to accept or deny the allegation categorically. If they are accepting, then they have to disclose what prompted to take this kind of action. The probing committee (appointed by the Bengal Government) should find out who made the ‘final target list’ in India. On any account, this state government-appointed committee won’t get any support from the central government in this regard. Still, they can find out with the help of independent media like ‘The Wire.’
As an independent media entity, we support the commendable job of the journalist Ms. Sandhya Ravishankar and ‘The Wire’ publication.