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INTERNET SHUTDOWNS IN INDIA 2023:



  May 16, 2024

INTERNET SHUTDOWNS IN INDIA 2023:


1. How many Internet shutdowns occurred in India in 2023?
India experienced 116 Internet shutdowns in 2023, the highest number globally.

2. What organization reported these shutdowns?
The Keep It On coalition, a group of civil society organizations advocating against Internet restrictions, reported these shutdowns.

3. What were the common reasons for these Internet shutdowns?
Shutdowns were often imposed in response to communal tensions, violence, exams, and other specific situations.

4. Which regions in India were notably affected by these shutdowns?
Manipur and Punjab were significantly affected. In Manipur, shutdowns delayed the reporting of ethnic violence, while in Punjab, shutdowns occurred during the search for Amritpal Singh.

5. What impact did these shutdowns have on documentation and accountability?
The shutdowns complicated efforts to document serious crimes, including gender-based violence, thereby hindering accountability for such acts.

6. How did India's number of shutdowns compare to other countries?
India led globally, while Myanmar and Iran followed with 37 and 34 shutdowns, respectively.


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