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Kashmir's Internet suspension fits pattern of restrictions

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Sumit Galhotra, CPJ Asia Program Research Associate.

Curbing the flow of information during heightened periods of tension has become routine business by authorities in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Access to mobile Internet service was suspended Thursday 18 July 2013 after violent protests erupted in the state. Although the service was restored late that night, the episode is another example of the government's heavy-handed tactics.

The demonstrations on Wednesday 17 July followed unconfirmed reports that Indian border security guards had desecrated a copy of the Quran at a local religious seminary while looking for a militant, reports said. Four people were killed and dozens more injured in clashes between angry protesters and border guards in Ramban district, according to The Associated Press.

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