“i’m interested what ppl are experiencing on the ground. do u have mobile access? internet? other media? #Kashmir,” he wrote. A day after Jammu and Kashmir government banned as many as 34 social networking sites, a United Nations rapporteur on Free Speech has sought feedback from the people Kashmir about the ban.
The rapporteur, David Kaye, took to twitter on Thursday and asked Kashmiris to tell him whether they are able to access internet. He also asked the people to inform him via e-mail what they knew about the ban.
“I can tweet this. Can someone in #Kashmir? Share what you know via email at my profile https://t.co/CJCaRrm32Q ,” he tweeted on Thursday evening.
In his second tweet, David pasted a link to a BuzzFeed report on Kashmir social media ban.
“i’m interested what ppl are experiencing on the ground. do u have mobile access? internet? other media? #Kashmir,” he wrote.
Kaye’s timeline was soon flooded with tweets by Kashmiris who talked about how the gag was affecting students and businessmen.
They also shared some videos to highlight alleged brutalities by government forces on students.
Internet services were blocked in the first week of April, ahead of by poll for Srinagar parliamentary constituency. The ban was lifted for three days from April 10, but during that period videos depicting atrocities on civilians by army, police and paramilitary soldiers became viral.
Netizens reacted angrily to the ban on social media and instant messaging sites, including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Twitter. The government has also slowed down the broadband speed.
The state home department invoked the British-era Indian Telegraph Act to suspend the sites.
During the past five years, police records maintain that internet services have been blocked more than 25 times in Kashmir. However, it is for the first time that the government has snapped social media sites in Kashmir.
The records also say the police have detained more than 250 people for circulating "objectionable content" on social media.