While we are still debating on the big story of last week where India’s Department of Telecommunications issued instructions to Internet Service Licensees to block 78 URLs from India, there is more coming up. The story that was first broken by MediaNama emphasized that out of 78 URLs, 73 of these were related to the educational institution IIPM. In addition to this, Outlook has carried out a story that it was not just the 73 URLs but another 55 URLs were ordered to be blocked on the same day.
The order was carried out on 14th February, 2012 and similar to the case of IIPM this one (No 813-7/25/2011-DS(Vol-II)) was signed by Subodh Saxena. All the 55 URLs that have been ordered to be blocked are all Facebook page URLs and no explanation was provided why the orders for blockage were carried out . The copy of the order can be downloaded from here or else MediaNama has taken the pains to list down all the 55 URLs here.
However, I have checked at my end and have found out of the 55 URLs, 35 URLs are still working when I checked them on my BSNL Broadband provider Pune connection. Interestingly, all the 55 URLs were majorly either personal profiles or brand pages that focused on Afzal Guru, who was hanged on Feb 9th, 2013 after being convicted in the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament.
Shared below is the list of 35 active URLs and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to decipher why these sites were blocked once you open few of the pages and troll trough the discussions.
The line between freedom of speech and hate speech over the Internet is getting blurred and the GOI should spend time in understanding it. Meanwhile if you find any of the sites blocked or working at your end then do leave a comment below.