Demanding clarity on how this was done and who authorized the espionage, the Press Club of India, Editors Guild of India, Press Association, Delhi Union of Journalists, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Job News Cameramen Association, IJU, and various media outlets demanded a Supreme Court-supervised investigation into the alleged illegal espionage.
“Acts of espionage by citizens undermine democracy. Therefore, it is incumbent on the government to end the confusion of details and clarify the use of Pegasus spyware, ”said a joint statement from the organizations.
Referring to acts of espionage as a “serious abuse of the powers of the state” that must be stopped immediately, the organizations said that national security cannot be a shield for such unfettered surveillance and added that the media “will explore options constitutional laws to safeguard democracy and freedom of the press. ”