A Million Tweets on Kashmir Blocked at India’s Behest

How long restrictions will continue in Kashmir, Supreme Court India as Center

Twitter has blocked nearly a million tweets from accounts that focus on Kashmir at the behest of the Indian government, according to an investigation carried out by the Committee to Protect Journalists .

According to the report published on Friday by the CPJ, an independent organisation working to promote press freedom worldwide,  hundreds of thousands of tweets blocked in India since August 2017 under the Twitter’s country withheld content policy were shared by accounts that focus on Kashmir.

Since than, Twitter has been accused of bowing to Indian censorship and suppressing freedom of speech in  occupied valley.

The CPJ retrieved requests sent by Indian authorities to Twitter between August 2017 and August this year from Lumen, an open database.

An environment of fear and uncertainty persists as stories of night raids, torture, beatings and incarcerations keep on emerging amid heavy deployment of Indian forces in   Indian occupied Kashmir on 83rd day.

Two apple truck drivers were shot dead and their vehicles set on fire in Indian-occupied Kashmir, police said Friday, in the latest attack on the vital local fruit industry which has been pulled into the conflict between Kashmiri protesters and New Delhi.

A third driver was also injured.

The nearly $2-billion apple trade has been caught between protesters wanting a shutdown of the local economy in protest at India´s actions, and New Delhi which wants to restore normality.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court of India asked the Centre that how long it intends to continue with the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

“How many days you want restrictions. It is already two months now. You have to come clear on this and you have to find out other methods,” a bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana said.

“You may impose restrictions, but you (government) have to review your decisions.”

The court which was hearing various miscellaneous petitions seeking relaxation and other issues in the valley listed the matter for November

Tensions have soared since New Delhi´s August decision to strip the autonomy of the disputed and restive Himalayan region and impose a security and communication lockdown.

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