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CPJ urges India to unlock Gaon Savera news outlet

New York: The New York-based media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called upon the Indian authorities to immediately unblock the social media accounts of Gaon Savera, a digital media platform that advocates farmers’ issues.

The CJP’s Kuala Lumpur-based Asia programme coordinator Beh Lih Yi in a statement said, “The Indian government’s arbitrary ban on Gaon Savera’s social media accounts, within days of blocking The Kashmir Walla’s website and social media accounts, marks a disturbing new trend of censorship in India.”

The Indian government must stop targeting independent news publications and allow Gaon Savera to report without interference, she added.

On Monday, August 21, according to CPJ, Gaon Savera’s Facebook page became inaccessible in India and its account on X, formerly known as Twitter, was also blocked the following day.

It said that on Tuesday, August 22, Gaon Savera received an email from X, stating that the account has been withheld in response to a legal demand by the Indian government under the Information Technology Act.

The Indian government had blocked the website and social media accounts of independent online news portal The Kashmir Walla, last week.

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