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Indian Supreme Court Finds 150-Day Internet Blackout In Kashmir Illegal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Indian region of Kashmir has had most Internet service blacked out since August. The government of Narendra Modi says the online blackout is a necessary security measure in the face of growing unrest in the region triggered by a change in Kashmir’s status under the Indian constitution. (Kashmir’s status within India has been a topic of controversy for decades.) But on Friday, India’s highest court rejected the government’s rationale, arguing that the blackout violated Indian telecommunications laws. “Freedom of Internet access is a fundamental right,” justice N. V. Ramana said. “The Supreme Court ruling won’t lead to an immediate restoration of Internet access in Kashmir, however,” the report adds. “Instead, India’s highest court has given the government a week to revise its policies. The court also required the government to be more transparent about its Internet shutdown orders.”

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