Twitter blocks accounts, deletes tweets on Kashmir » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, following an order passed by the Indian government, social networking site Twitter has blocked more than a dozen accounts and deleted about a hundred tweets on the Kashmir dispute.

Two of the deleted tweets were of Kashmir Reader correspondent Wasim Khalid. One of the deleted tweets featured a photo of a Kashmiri youth who was made to sit on the street, hands tied behind with a rope, in front of two gun-toting Indian troops.

The other tweet had shared a story about a civilian who said he was beaten by troops in Kashmir. Another Kashmiri journalist was told by Twitter to remove a photo of a youth who was caught by troops during a protest. The journalist, who contributes to international media outlets, was also asked to remove another photo of a youth’s funeral, in which the body was covered in a black flag with the kalima written on it.

“We are writing to inform you that Twitter has received official correspondence regarding your Twitter account. The correspondence claims that your account violates Indian law,” read the Twitter message sent to the identified accounts.

In their responses, the journalists said they believed they had not violated any law, because they had only posted factual posts, not concocted or fictitious ones. “I don’t think the content that I’ve posted violates the law. I believe that posting pictures on social sites including Twitter is a normal routine for photojournalist to display his work to the entire world. We don’t manipulate things. We take pictures of what is happening around us,” the journalist wrote in his response.

Wasim made the same argument. “It was a public picture that was circulated everywhere and I, too, posted it. The other one was a sarcastic memoir. I don’t know how have I violated the Indian law?” he said.

According to the order from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Twitter has been directed to block handles/tweets.


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