Indian government orders blocking of apps, website and social media accounts linked to Sikhs For Justice

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday ordered the blocking of apps, websites and social media accounts linked to the banned organization, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).

In a statement, the ministry said it had ordered the blocking of overseas-based Punjab Politics TV apps, websites and social media accounts with close ties to the SFJ, deemed illegal under of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

“Based on intelligence data that the channel was attempting to use online media to disrupt public order during the ongoing State Assembly elections, the department used emergency powers in under IT rules on February 18 to block digital media assets of Punjab Politics TV,” he added. noted.

The ministry claimed that content on the blocked apps, website and social media accounts had the potential to incite communal discord and separatism; and were found to be detrimental to India’s sovereignty and integrity, state security and public order.

“It has also been observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts are timed to gain momentum during the ongoing elections. The Indian government remains vigilant and committed to securing the overall information environment in India and to thwart any action that could undermine the sovereignty and integrity of India,” he added.

In January, the ministry ordered the blocking of 35 YouTube-based news channels and two websites involved in spreading fake news against India in a coordinated manner on digital media.

In December last year, the Center blocked 20 YouTube channels and two websites when emergency powers under the 2021 IT rules were first used.


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