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Censorship

Statement: In response to a takedown order by MIB, The Caravan has taken down its article pertaining to killings by the Army stationed in Jammu & Kashmir

In response to a takedown order by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under Section 69A of the IT Act and the IT Rules, 2021, The Caravan has taken down its article pertaining to killings by the Army stationed in Jammu & Kashmir. 
14 February, 2024
2 min read

Statement: The ongoing internet shutdowns in the states of Haryana & Rajasthan, & online censorship in response to Farmers Protest

The ongoing internet shutdowns in the states of Haryana & Rajasthan, & online censorship in response to Farmers Protest 2024 have an adverse impact on our right to free speech & right to protest. 
13 February, 2024
2 min read

Dear MIB, kill the bill and #LetUsChill: Our comments on the Broadcasting Bill, 2023

The Broadcasting Bill, 2023 may soon allow the government to censor streaming shows and news analysis by journalists. Join the campaign #LetUsChill and write to MIB using our template response in just a few steps.
07 December, 2023
4 min read

Broadcast Services Bill not looking like a wow: Our First Read #LetUsChill

Our First Read of the Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023 includes concerns over inclusion of “Over-the-Top” (“OTT”) content & digital news under MIB's regulatory ambit. We express our concerns for online free speech and journalistic freedom.
15 November, 2023
10 min read

REVEALED: MeitY and MIB admit to ordering censorship of internet posts talking about the Muzaffarnagar slapping incident; but refuse to say why because of “national security”

IFF will file appeals with the First Appellate Authority, challenging the rejection of these RTI requests.
05 October, 2023
5 min read

Karnataka High Court Finds MeitY’s Blocking Orders Compatible with IT Act, Exemplary Costs for Non-Compliance Imposed on Twitter

On June 30, 2023, the Karnataka High Court in X Corp. v. Union of India, while dismissing Twitter Inc.’s challenge to the Blocking Orders issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (“MeitY”) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”),
01 July, 2023
7 min read

IFF wrote to Manipur State Authorities on the ongoing digital rights violations

June 22 marked 50 days of Manipur's ongoing state-wide internet shutdown. In wake of this shutdown, we have written to the Chief Secretary of Manipur, the Director General of Police, Manipur and other local authorities highlighting our concerns.
24 June, 2023
5 min read

Bombay HC orders the IT Ministry to disclose the factual background that necessitated the IT Rules Amendment

The Bombay High Court has directed MeitY to file its response within one week on why the IT Amendment Rules, 2023 should not be stayed, and also describe the factual background that necessitated the issuance of the amendments.
11 April, 2023
4 min read

Statement on Digital Censorship in Punjab

The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) is alarmed by the illegal censorship continuing in the State of Punjab.
28 March, 2023
2 min read

Censorship, Surveys, and Seizures: Developments around the BBC Documentary

The MIB banned re-sharing & uploading of links of the BBC Documentary using emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. The Income Tax Department carried out 3 day long survey operations at the BBC India offices in Delhi & Mumbai. We elaborate on our concerns with these actions in this post.
03 March, 2023
7 min read

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