Blocking Hindutva Watch’s web site in India is one other tactic of whole media management in Kashmir.
New Delhi: Wanting to win elections, the Modi authorities is energetic in media censorship.
Hindutva Watch, an information web site reporting on Hindutva atrocities within the Indian state, was blocked earlier than the elections.
Considerations about media censorship in India have elevated two months earlier than the elections, Al Jazeera says, with the Modi authorities blocking the X account and web site of Hindutva Watch, an information web site documenting hate crimes in opposition to non secular minorities in India. gave
Hindutva Watch is a US-based unbiased investigative information web site reporting atrocities in opposition to minority and marginalized communities of Hindus following extremist Hindutva ideology in India. Blocking Hindutva Watch’s web site in India is one other tactic of whole media management in Kashmir.
Together with Hindutva Watch, the Modi authorities additionally blocked India Hate Lab, an internet site that studies on hate speech within the nation. The founding father of Hindutva Watch, a Kashmiri journalist, was threatened by Modi’s authorities officers to dam the web site.
Founder Hindutva Watch Raqeeb Hameed Naik stated, “We obtained a letter final week from MEITY (Ministry of Electronics and Info Expertise) below the IT Act concerning potential blocking of India Hatlab and Hindutva Watch. The Modi authorities issued notices to dam web sites below Part 69A of the controversial IT Act.
The Modi authorities has a historical past of stifling free press and demanding voices. In September 2023, Hindutva Watch and India Hate Lab collectively printed a report on hate speech in opposition to Muslims.
The report analyzed greater than 255 documented incidents of hate speech in opposition to Muslims, with 80 p.c occurring in states dominated by Modi’s BJP. The report additional revealed that almost 70 p.c of the incidents occurred in states going to polls in 2023 and 2024.
Censorship involving X accounts in India has elevated for the reason that X (X) platform got here below the auspices of Elon Musk in November 2022. Final 12 months in 2023, X Firm additionally blocked the X accounts of US-based Indian American Muslim Council and Hindus for Human Rights in India.
“The Modi authorities doesn’t need info, or any form of documentation, of violence in opposition to minorities,” says Suchitra Vijayan, founding father of The Police Challenge.
Prior to now, two databases, the Hindustan Instances newspaper and IndiaSpend, tried to report on hate crimes, however had been shut down in 2017 and 2019 after heavy criticism from Hindu nationalists.
Based on the annual report of worldwide media watchdog Reporters With out Borders (RSF), India’s rating within the 2023 World Press Freedom Index fell to 161 out of 180 international locations, down from 150 in 2022.