Srinagar, July 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):Film makers, activists and journalists have said that their Facebook accounts were blocked this week after they posted messages and images related to the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir.
As people posted images, videos and stories about Indian terrorism on Facebook, some discovered their accounts were disabled.
The account of Arif Ayaz Parrey, an editor with an environmental magazine in New Delhi, was disabled for more than a day. He administers the Facebook account of a discussion group called the Kashmir Solidarity Network, whose page was also removed.
“The Kashmir Solidarity page was started by a Kashmiri anthropology student in New York. This is not a hate forum, we share stories,” Parrey said.
A journalist in Kashmir said that many who shared stories about a police brutality have been blocked. “It looks more like Facebook censorship rather than something initiated by the authorities. Maybe they are trying to please the authorities proactively,” said Sunil Abraham, executive director of Center for Internet and Society.
Ather Zia, a political commentator from Kashmir who teaches anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, said after her account was disabled on Tuesday: “It is safe to assume creating awareness for Kashmir using social media or writing about the ground reality is under severe threat.”
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