Why did GOI block IIPM-related URLs? How about other media stories on IIPM?

Without declaring national emergency, under what laws of the land can GOI impose selective internet censorship discriminating agains internet media as compared with the print ant TV media?


Govt orders blocking of IIPM-related URLs
Internet service providers asked to block access to more than 70 URLs that appear to contain material critical of IIPM
Shauvik Ghosh | Prashant K. Nanda | Surabhi Agarwal
First Published: Fri, Feb 15 2013. 05 39 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Feb 15 2013. 06 23 PM IST
New Delhi: In an unprecedented bid to block material critical of controversial business school Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), the Indian government has ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) to prevent access to more than 70 URLs following a court order.
The directive was issued on the basis of an order from a court in Gwalior, said Gulshan Rai, director general of CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team-India). The order signed by Subodh Saxena of the department of telecommunications (DoT) was issued on Thursday and was reported earlier on Friday by the Medianama website.
Interestingly, the URLs listed include a University Grants Commission (UGC) notification that IIPM is not a university and “does not have the right of conferring or granting degrees as specified by UGC.”
The move comes amid criticism of the government for recent steps that have been regarded as attempts to curb freedom of speech.
DoT couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. UGC and IIPM representatives also couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
IIPM has been the subject of several critical articles in various publications, including Outlook, Careers 360 and Caravan. A controversy had blown up in 2005 over attempts to gag a blogger critical of IIPM. That site too is among those ordered to be blocked.
Other URLs include stories on sites of publications such as The Indian Express, The Economic Times and blog posts on The Wall Street Journal site among others.
IIPM used to be a significant advertiser in large mainstream newspapers such as The Times of India and Hindustan Times until recently.
First Published: Fri, Feb 15 2013. 05 39 PM IST



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