September 22, 2018

Internet shutdown in Pakistan 11 times less than India

News Source: Pakistan Today

Pakistan suffered internet blackout 11 times less than India over the last three years, Indian media outlet, News18 has reported.

According to data from Access Now, a non-profit human rights group dedicated to an open and free Internet, measured between January 2016 and May 2018, internet shutdowns are considered preemptive or reactive measure to control the spread of violence or potential civilian clashes.

Critics, on the other hand, see switching the internet’s “off switch” as a government measure to curb dissent and freedom of expression.

According to the Internet Shutdowns database, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a maximum 98 instances of internet blackout over the last 7 years, mainly in Kashmir valley amid fears of protests and as precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the region.

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