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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said he has noted the suggestions put forward by the Digital News Publishers’ Association (DNPA) after holding a meeting with them in the backdrop of new digital media rules. The minister said he held an interaction through video-conference with the representatives of the DNPA, including from India Today, Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Times of India, ABP, Eenadu, Dainik Jagran and Lokmat, in the…

According to the new guidelines by the Government of India, Social media platforms are welcome to do business in India but they need to follow the Constitution and the laws of India. The new rules establish a “soft-touch self-regulatory architecture and a Code of Ethics and three tier grievance redressal mechanism for news publishers and OTT Platforms and digital media”. “An intermediary upon receiving actual knowledge in the form of an order by a court or…

New York-based international press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called upon the Indian government to drop investigations into the work of three Kashmir-based journalists and allow them to report without “harassment, intimidation, and criminal investigations.” In a statement issued on 22 February, the CPJ called upon the authorities to drop the charges against journalists Yashraj Sharma, Mir Junaid, and Sajad Gul. “Jammu and Kashmir Police must drop their investigations into all three…

The Kashmir Press Club has called the charges ‘false and fabricated’ Srinagar: Reporter Sajad Gul has been booked by the JK Police after he filed a story about a demolition drive carried out by revenue authorities in Hajin’s Shahgund village of Bandipora district in North Kashmir on February 9, 2021. In the story, the residents of the concerned village alleged that they were being ‘harassed and threatened’ by the Tehsildar, Hajin over demolition of their…

The US State Department has said that it welcomes the resumption of 4G mobile internet in Jammu & Kashmir. The state department added that this is an important step for local residents and that they look forward to continued political & economic progress to restore normalcy in J&K. “We welcome the resumption of 4G mobile internet in India’s Jammu & Kashmir. This marks an important step for local residents and we look forward to continued…

Government of India reportedly pitching ‘Koo’ as an alternative to Twitter In response to a non-compliance notice from the Government of India, Twitter on Wednesday issued an update with a list of actions it has taken as a result of the blocking orders by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act).  The government of India had served an order to twitter to block handles it alleged…

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday morning started conducting a raid at NewsClick office in Delhi’s Saidulajab which has now been ongoing for over 28 hours. In a statement given yesterday, an ED official had said that the searches at the portal’s office and residences of some of the directors of the company running the portal were conducted after “they received some funds from abroad and the same was being investigated under Prevention of…

Srinagar: Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials are conducting searches at the office of News click in Delhi’ Saidulajab. ED officials have said that “other related places in connection with a money laundering case pertaining to foreign funding” were being investigated. A senior ED official said that the offices of the directors are being searched in a money laundering case for taking foreign funding from “some dubious companies abroad”. “We are being targetted for the reportage we…

The Indian government has sent a fresh notice to Twitter in less than 10 days, directing it to block 1,178 more accounts believed to be ‘linked to the Khalistan sympathisers and those backed by Pakistan as well’. According to sources, the new notice was sent to Twitter on Thursday last week and the company was yet to comply with the directions. Earlier this month, the IT ministry had asked the micro-blogging platform to block 257…

Srinagar: As the high speed internet was restored on late Friday night after 18 month in Jammu and Kashmir, it may pose challenges for the security forces to deal with cyber security. Talking exclusively with a local news agency, senior superintendent of police, Cyber crime Kashmir Tahir Ashraf while welcoming the restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir said that it will also pose challenges for them. He said that the restoration high speed…