Banning social media will bring neither peace nor order: CPJ

Srinagar

After government on Wednesday banned social media networking sites for a month in Kashmir valley, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has sought immediate revocation of ban.

As per reports, condemning the banorder CPJ Asia Program coordinator Steven Butler has said that “The sweeping censorship of social media under the pretext of ‘maintaining peace and order’ will bring neither peace nor order,” adding that, “Such broad censorship clearly violates the democratic ideals and human rights India purports to uphold.”


CPJ is an Amarican independent non-profit, non government organization, based in New York with correspondents around the world. CPJ promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists. The organization is being called as “journalism’s Red Cross.”

The order by state government on Wednesday directed all internet service providers to block users’ access to 22 platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and YouTube.

The order from the Home Department read that it was in “the interests of peace and tranquility in the state” and that social media was “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements.”

 

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