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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Internet to be suspended for 12 hours in Sitapur

The internet suspension comes ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's attempt to visit Lakhimpur Kheri where eight people, including four farmers, died on Sunday.
Police barricades along Sitapur Lakhimpur highway to prevent political groups from entering Lakhimpur on Wednesday October 06, 2021. Photo by Deepak Gupta Hindustan Times(HT Photo)
Police barricades along Sitapur Lakhimpur highway to prevent political groups from entering Lakhimpur on Wednesday October 06, 2021. Photo by Deepak Gupta Hindustan Times(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 12:39 PM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi

No data on internet shutdowns: Centre

Shashi Tharoor shared a screenshot of the ministry response on Twitter and said that in 2020, internet shutdowns in parts of India went on for 8,927 hours and cost the taxpayers $2.8bn.
The ministry was responding to questions by Congress Lok Sabha members Shashi Tharoor and Gaurav Gogoi, who sought details of how many times and for what reason internet services were curtailed in India over the last three years. (File photo)
The ministry was responding to questions by Congress Lok Sabha members Shashi Tharoor and Gaurav Gogoi, who sought details of how many times and for what reason internet services were curtailed in India over the last three years. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2021 01:31 AM IST
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ByMalavika Murali, New Delhi

World Press Freedom Day: US slams internet shutdowns, asks for accountability

US slams govt-imposed internet shutdowns, seeks accountability for crimes against journalists
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a videoconference at the State Department in Washington. (Leah Millis / REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a videoconference at the State Department in Washington. (Leah Millis / REUTERS)
Published on May 03, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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Internet shutdown in force during tension and riots for maintaining peace: Govt

The minister added that the centralised data of internet shutdown is not maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy along with others participates in an election campaign, in Chennai. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy along with others participates in an election campaign, in Chennai. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 10, 2021 02:03 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

Myanmar junta cuts internet again to grind down anti-coup rallies

Security forces have used increasing force to quell huge nationwide street protests and a disobedience campaign encouraging civil servants to strike.
Troops have fanned out around the country in recent days and fired rubber bullets to disperse one rally in Mandalay, hours before authorities again cut internet gateways. (AP)
Troops have fanned out around the country in recent days and fired rubber bullets to disperse one rally in Mandalay, hours before authorities again cut internet gateways. (AP)
Published on Feb 16, 2021 02:42 PM IST
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Digital siege: Internet cuts become favored tool of regimes

  • Around the world, shutting down the internet has become an increasingly popular tactic of repressive and authoritarian regimes and some illiberal democracies. Digital rights groups say governments use them to stifle dissent, silence opposition voices or cover up human rights abuses.
Experts say the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules meant internet shutdowns could be carried out in a more organised manner, but they raised concerns over arbitrary censorship.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Experts say the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules meant internet shutdowns could be carried out in a more organised manner, but they raised concerns over arbitrary censorship.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 11, 2021 08:09 PM IST
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AP | , London

How farmers at Delhi borders worked their way around internet shutdowns

Internet services at Delhi’s borders were suspended following the violence that ensued during the tractor parade on January 26.
Farmers during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Farmers during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 04:38 AM IST
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Suspension of net services on House IT panel’s radar

The comments also come against the background of an increase in the number of Internet shutdowns in the country -- usually for law and order, or security considerations.
The decision to restrict access to Internet in J&K came in August last year after the Centre decided to strip the erstwhile state of its special status and divide it into two Union territories.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
The decision to restrict access to Internet in J&K came in August last year after the Centre decided to strip the erstwhile state of its special status and divide it into two Union territories.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDeeksha Bhardwaj

Mira Nair, Naseeruddin Shah among 300 signatories extending support to students protesting against CAA-NRC: ‘Our silence ends now’

Extending their support to the students, the signatories said in their letter, ‘The soul of the nation is threatened. The livelihoods and statehoods of millions of our fellow Indians are at stake.’
Mira Nair, Naseeruddin Shah among 300 signatories extend support to students protesting CAA-NRC and declare in an open letter, ‘Our silence ends now’.
Mira Nair, Naseeruddin Shah among 300 signatories extend support to students protesting CAA-NRC and declare in an open letter, ‘Our silence ends now’.
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 02:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySweta Kaushal

The value of the SC’s Kashmir order| Opinion

The judgment offers a constitutional framework to evaluate rampant Internet shutdowns
If the government chooses to continue the shutdown, the matter will return to court. The SC can then apply its principles(AP)
If the government chooses to continue the shutdown, the matter will return to court. The SC can then apply its principles(AP)
Published on Jan 12, 2020 07:36 PM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Kashmiris welcome Supreme Court order, hope to log in soon

Facing sixth month of internet shutdown, people termed Supreme Court’s order as big relief and urge J&K administration to restore connection at the earliest.
Kashmiri journalists holding placards and laptops during a protest against the ongoing internet blockade, in Srinagar, in November 2019.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Kashmiri journalists holding placards and laptops during a protest against the ongoing internet blockade, in Srinagar, in November 2019.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 01:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByMir Ehsan

How Section 144 and Internet shutdowns shrink democratic rights | Opinion

The State’s increasing use of the two instruments undermines the Constitution. Review this usage
Section 144 was meant to prevent localised threats. Its citywide and statewide applications are nothing more than a wholesale suspension of fundamental rights(AP)
Section 144 was meant to prevent localised threats. Its citywide and statewide applications are nothing more than a wholesale suspension of fundamental rights(AP)
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 07:33 AM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

‘Signs of authoritarian regime’: Ajay Maken on curbs in Delhi during anti-CAA protests

Ajay Maken accuses Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of playing “second fiddle” to the BJP.
File photo of Congress leader Ajay Maken.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
File photo of Congress leader Ajay Maken.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2019 03:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

‘Extraordinary situation compels one...’: BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe on Delhi curbs during anti-CAA protests

The national capital of Delhi witnessed its first-ever internet shutdown during the protests against the new citizenship law on Thursday. While it was an unprecedented situation, many in the government say the move was necessary. BJP vice-president and Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, tells Hindustan Times the reason behind the government’s move.
BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the amendments to the citizenship law was necessary.(HT Photo)
BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the amendments to the citizenship law was necessary.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2019 03:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmandeep Shukla

Internet shutdown in many parts including Mangaluru following CAA protests

The internet shutdown will continue in some places like Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, Assam and Meghalaya on Friday even as services were restored in Delhi around 1.30pm on Thursday
People protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Red Fort in New Delhi, on Thursday, December 19, 2019.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
People protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Red Fort in New Delhi, on Thursday, December 19, 2019.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 20, 2019 03:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondents

‘Internets shutdown’ trends on Twitter following services cut in parts of Delhi amid CAA protests

Though the services were restored , according to a senior Delhi police officer, the momentary shutdown sparked all sorts of reactions from people.
‘Internets shutdown’ trends on Twitter (representational image).(HT file photo)
‘Internets shutdown’ trends on Twitter (representational image).(HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2019 07:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByTrisha Sengupta

India’s internet shutdown record gets bleaker; blocked in many NE districts

India reported over 100 internet shutdowns in 2018, according to an annual study by Freedom House, a US-based non-profit research organization.
Police personnel fire tear gas during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in Guwahati on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Police personnel fire tear gas during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in Guwahati on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 01:24 AM IST
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India’s record on internet shutdown gets bleaker; now blocked in 2 NE states

India reported over 100 internet shutdown in 2018, according to an annual study of Freedom House, a US-based non-profit research organization
A man requesting police officer as he is being detained during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in Agartala on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo)
A man requesting police officer as he is being detained during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in Agartala on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 06:08 PM IST
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Internet shutdowns in India only fuel the fires of violence

Shutdowns have caused billions of dollars in economic damage and deeply impacted lives and livelihoods across India. However, rarely do we hear a more fundamental question: do shutdowns achieve their intended goals? Research suggests that it doesn’t
The government’s odds of extinguishing peaceful collective action in the streets during an Internet blackout are no better than random chance. The Patidar agitation in Gujarat and the Jat reservation protests in Haryana are a few examples(PTI)
The government’s odds of extinguishing peaceful collective action in the streets during an Internet blackout are no better than random chance. The Patidar agitation in Gujarat and the Jat reservation protests in Haryana are a few examples(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2019 08:03 PM IST
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ByJan Rydzak and Rohini Lakshané

There is no evidence that Internet shutdowns work

Extensive arguments have been made by many organisations and researchers, who have clearly established that Internet shutdowns, set a domino in motion that damages fundamental rights, the digital economy and in instances even public safety and order
The answer has been evasion as the central government till date has refused to provide any count or centralise a reporting and disclosure system(AFP)
The answer has been evasion as the central government till date has refused to provide any count or centralise a reporting and disclosure system(AFP)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 05:30 PM IST
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ByApar Gupta and Raman Jit Singh Chima

It’s time to fix our Internet shutdown laws

This year alone there have been more than 100 Internet shutdowns. Surely, nobody can seriously contend that there have been over 100 instances of “public emergencies” in the last 9 months.
The entire process of Internet shutdowns in India is mired in official secrecy and authoritarianism(Getty Images)
The entire process of Internet shutdowns in India is mired in official secrecy and authoritarianism(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 25, 2018 06:42 PM IST
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ByNakul Nayak

Why Internet shutdowns can hurt our economy and democratic values

Apart from the enormous costs to the economy, routine shutdowns are not particularly effective, since miscreants always find other ways to communicate
The growing frequency of Internet shutdowns means the State is using them as a routine tool to tide over law and order breakdowns.(AFP/Getty Images/Representative image)
The growing frequency of Internet shutdowns means the State is using them as a routine tool to tide over law and order breakdowns.(AFP/Getty Images/Representative image)
Updated on May 03, 2018 05:28 PM IST
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After J&K, Rajasthan quickest in shutting down Internet

In last four years, Rajasthan government ordered suspension of Internet services 25 times over a range of reasons, Jammu & Kashmir saw 73 such shutdowns in the same period.
The tracker– www.internetshutdowns.in – shows that since 2012, Internet has been shut down in different parts of India 165 times.(AFP)
The tracker– www.internetshutdowns.in – shows that since 2012, Internet has been shut down in different parts of India 165 times.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 09:57 PM IST
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