The world’s largest democracy blocks news & bloggers’ web pages

Nikhil Pahwa at Medi4nama reports

India’s Department of Telecommunications yesterday [14th] issued instructions to Internet Service Licensees to block access to 78 URLs from India, and what is evident from the list of URLs is that 73 of these are related to the educational institution IIPM. The order is signed by Subodh Saxena of the DoT.

Most surprisingly, the block covers the University Grants Commission, wherein a notice from the UGC pointing towards the unrecognized status of IIPM has been ordered to be blocked.

What is worrying is that the blocks include URLs of news portals like Outlook Magazine, Careers360, The Times of India, FirstPost, Rediff, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, MensXP, The Wall Street Journal, The Caravan Magazine, whose reports related to IIPM have been blocked.

This is an outrageous attack on free speech.  

Here’s the brain box that thinks that blocking dissenting opinion is the way to go in India

Once the domain of authoritarian regimes, democracies are continuing to approach the idea of Internet censorship.  Iceland is in the middle of considering a nation-wide filter on the Internet to battle their concerns about pornography.  Of course, those that learn from the past know that that’s the original intent.  And it appears to be quite genuine,  However, next they’ll block web sites showing gays and gay life styles, or news from sources they don’t like, or anything else to “protect” some part of society.

Sites like mine would be the first to be banned if similar moves were implemented here.  No more access to criticism of those in power.

The Telegraph reports


Iceland could become the first Western democracy to attempt censorship of the internet under radical proposals to block online pornography.

The government is considering introducing internet filters, such as those used to block China off form the worldwide web, in order to stop Icelanders downloading or viewing pornography on the internet.

The unprecedented censorship is justified by fears about damaging effects of the internet on children and women.

Ogmundur Jonasson, Iceland’s interior minister, is drafting legislation to stop the access of online pornographic images and videos by young people through computers, games consoles and smartphones.

“We have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which we all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime,” he said.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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