Dec 31: As 2020 begins, a mindboggling stat from Kashmir also spills over to
the New Year explaining how tumultuous 2019 has been for the valley.
the first day of the New Year and the new decade, is also the 150th straight
day of the internet blockade in Kashmir.
the longest internet blockade ever imposed by a democratic country in modern
it was triggered by something even more jolting for Kashmir.
August 5, the government of India abrogated Article 370 unilaterally withdrew
the Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional position under Article 370 and
35-A followed by an unprecedented lockdown on the entire state blocking all
means of communication and peoples’ movement.
as the channels of communications have been restored to a great degree and
curbs have been lifted, internet, which has assumed the primary importance in
peoples’ lives following digitalization of every field of life, is yet to be
Jit Singh Chima, Asia-Pacific policy director of Access Now, a noted portal
that follows digital blockades, said it was “unprecedented” for a
democracy to block access to the Internet for such an extended time and for
such a large population.
Myanmar and China have limited internet access for longer periods during
security crackdowns, according to Access Now’s researchers.
Jit Singh Chima, Asia-Pacific policy director of Access Now said it was
“unprecedented” for a democracy to block access to the Internet for
such an extended time and for such a large population.
internet has been off for so long that people using WhatsApp in the region have
had their accounts automatically deleted because of their inaction over the
last several months.
government has defended the move as necessary to disrupt what it calls
Pakistani-led militant groups from organizing attacks on security forces.
the editors’ bodies and journalist associations Tuesday unanimously demanded
restoration of internet services to media fraternity in the Valley without any