Centre orders blocking of Apps, website and social media accounts linked to banned organization Sikhs for Justice
11 months ago
On Tuesday, The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting ordered blocking of apps, website, and social media accounts of foreign-based “Punjab Politics TV” that has close links with Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). Sikhs for Justice is an organization that has been declared unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
According to the government, “the channel was attempting to use online medium to disturb public order during the ongoing State Assembly Elections, the Ministry used emergency powers under the IT Rules on 18th February to block the digital media resources of “Punjab Politics TV”.
Ministry noted that the contents of the blocked apps, website, and social media accounts had the potential to incite communal disharmony and separatism; and were found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, and public order.
It was also observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts was timed to gain traction during the ongoing elections.
“Government of India remains vigilant and committed to secure the overall information environment in India and thwart any actions having the potential to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity,” the ministry said.