21 July, 2006

India Blocks Blogs - Clarification from the Indian Consulate in New York

I think a lot of us noticed the blocked blogs ... Sree of SAJA (South Asian Journalists Associaton) was sent this clarification by the Indian Consulate in New York, which he forwarded to all associated with SAJA. I am reproducing here the entire text:

Date: July 19, 2006

Reference our discussions and correspondence on the issue of blocking of blogs in India, we had taken up the matter with the authorities concerned in the Department of Telecommunications in the Government of India and the facts are as under:

A two-page write up containing extremely derogatory references to Islam and the holy prophet which had the potential to inflame religious sensitivities in India and create serious law and order problems in the country appeared in a blog facilitated by well known search engines. The matter was immediately taken note of by our CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) was informed of it. The DOT took up the matter forthwith with the search engines and instructions were also issued to all Internet providers to block the two impertinent pages. Because of a technological error, the Internet providers went beyond what was expected of them which in turn resulted in the unfortunate blocking of all blogs.

Department of Telecommunications have now clarified the issue and the error is
being rectified and it is expected that normalcy in respect of blogs will soon
be restored.

This is for your information.

A.R. Ghanashyam
Deputy Consul General, New York




Blogger Chameleon's Karma said...

The blogs are still blocked!!
The RTI will now RIP!!
More power to the people, huh??!!!

21/7/06 12:51  
Blogger Rajendra Pradhan said...

couple of years ago, same thing had happened to yahoo groups. Whatever advances technology makes, the knee-jerk reactions from govt babus will remain the same.

22/7/06 09:33  

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