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I&B ministry blocks media platforms ‘linked to pro-Khalistan group’ | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has ordered the blocking of apps, website and social media accounts of the overseas-based Punjab Politics TV due to its alleged ‘close ties’ with the banned society Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). The action came just two days before the poll in Punjab.
Based on reports that the channel was trying to use online media to disturb public order during the assembly elections in Punjab, the I&B ministry used emergency powers under IT rules on February 18 to block “Punjab Politics TV” digital media assets.
The SFJ was declared an illegal organization under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act 1967 in 2019 because it had actively espoused the cause of a Sikh referendum as part of its pro-Khalistan agenda. SFJ continues to run social media campaigns aimed at indoctrinating and inciting young Sikhs to engage in rebellious and violent acts in India.
A statement from the I&B ministry on Tuesday said content on blocked apps, website and social media accounts had the potential to incite communal discord and separatism; and was deemed detrimental to India’s sovereignty and integrity, state security and public order. It was also observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts were timed to gain traction during the ongoing elections, he added.
The Indian government remains vigilant and determined to secure the overall information environment in India and to thwart any action that could undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity, the I&B statement said.

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