New York based CPJ criticizes banning of social media in Kashmir

New York based CPJ criticizes banning of social media in Kashmir

Srinagar: New York based, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent watchdog body, has asked India to immediately revoke a one-month ban on access to social media services in Kashmir, media reports said on Thursday.
Pertinently, authorities have directed all Internet service providers to block users’ access to 22 platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and YouTube.
“The sweeping censorship of social media under the pretext of ‘maintaining peace and order’ will bring neither peace nor order,” media reports quoting Steven Butler, Asia Programme coordinator at CPJ said.
“Such broad censorship clearly violates the democratic ideals and human rights India purports to uphold,” he said.

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