India blocks blogs

July 17, 2006 at 11:02 pm (Uncategorized)

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs Friday to block several websites. The list is confidential. Indian ISPs have been slowly coming into compliance. SpectraNet, MTNL, Reliance, and as of Monday afternoon, Airtel. State-backed BSNL and VSNL have not started yet but likely will soon. The known list of blocked domains is *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com and geocities.com/*.
Yes folks, the Indian government has decided to censor blogs and refused to explain why. This morning Shivam Vij managed to talk to Dr Gulshan Rai, director of CERT-IN, the only body authorised to issue directives to ISPs. His response: “Somebody must have asked for some sites to be blocked. What is your problem?”

First it was Pakistan who blocked BlogSpot.com and now India. Well atleast Pakistani’s gave the explanation that some blogs there had the Danish Caricatures of Muhammad (SAW) which were a disgrace. But Indian arguments … are no arguments at all.

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