SFLC.in warns that the Telecommunications Act of 2023 will broaden governmental powers in the interception and suspension of telecommunication services.
Apple notified several journalists and politicians that their phones may have been targeted by state-sponsored attacks.
The raids were conducted as part of a wider investigation into NewsClick, an independent media outlet.
SFLC.in said that the current internet shutdown disproportionately impacts people, and reminded authorities that it is a tool that must be used sparingly.
India: Writer and human rights defender, Teesta Setalvad, faces imprisonment after Gujarat High Court rejects bail plea
PEN International said that the ongoing case against Teesta Setalvad takes place within an increasingly hostile environment for free expression in India.
Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 70 people, including those directly affected by internet shutdowns in several locations.
SFLC.in said that the order for blocking the applications places unreasonable restrictions on the exercise of freedom of speech and expression.
The new IT Rules require platforms to remove content related to “any business” of the government deemed to be “fake or false or misleading” by a fact-checking agency of the government.
The raid took place a week after the government blocked social media links to the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ordered Twitter and YouTube to block clips of a BBC documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India blocked 55,580 websites, URLs, applications, social media posts and accounts between 2015 to 2022.
The year 2022 has seen 75 incidents of internet shutdowns in India, according to a report by SFLC.in. The negative impact includes the flagrant infringement of fundamental rights and restricted access to essential services.
South Asia: IPI launches ad campaign calling for action to protect press freedom and the safety of journalists
The International Press Institute has joined with seven print and online media outlets in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to launch an ad campaign aimed at raising public awareness about the need to protect press freedom.