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Apps, website and social media accounts linked to banned organization Sikhs for justice blocked

DELHI, FEBRUARY 22: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has ordered blocking of apps, website, and
social media accounts of foreign-based “Punjab Politics TV” having close links with
Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), an organization that has been declared unlawful under
theUnlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Relying on intelligence inputs that the
channel was attempting to use online media to disturb public order during the ongoing
State Assembly Elections, the Ministry used emergency powers under the IT Rules on
18 th February to block the digital media resources of “Punjab Politics TV”.
The contents of the blocked apps, website, and social media accounts had the potential
to incite communal disharmony and separatism; and were found to be detrimental to the
sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, and public order. It was also
observed that the launch of new apps and social media accounts was timed to gain
traction during the ongoing elections.
The Government of India remains vigilant and committed to secure the overall
information environment in India and thwart any actions having the potential to
undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity.

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