You are here: Home » News-IANS » Politics
Business Standard

US: Freedom of speech principle covers Khalistani referendum campaign

Topics
Politics

IANS  |  Washington 

A US-based Sikh group's call for a referendum on Khalistan would come under the country's "bedrock principles" of freedom of speech, according to a State Department spokesperson.

Asked by a reporter on Tuesday at the Department briefing "if freedom of speech gives one a right to call for disintegration of another country," Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino replied: "We have freedom of speech in the United States, we have freedom of association, and these are bedrock principles of American society."

The reporter was referring to the "Referendum 2020" campaign on Punjab's secession by a New York-based organisation called Sikhs for Justice.

Asked if the State Department was looking into it, Palladino said: "I'm not aware of it. That's -- I mean, I'm just not aware of it today. I haven't seen these reports."

The US has constitutionally mandated broad freedom of speech protection actively enforced by courts that cover most expressions of opinions except for active calls for violence or some foreign government-financed campaigns.

Several separatist movements campaign in the US, including "Yes California", which wants the state to secede from the US.

--IANS

al/soni/sed

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 19:22 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU