FMP approaches Special Committee established by SC for restoration of 4G internet in J&K

On 16.05.2020, Foundation for Media Professionals wrote to the Special Committee established by the Supreme Court to decide the issue of restoration of 4G internet services in Jammu & Kashmir. In its representation, FMP has urged the Special Committee to pay heed to the Supreme Court's holding that internet restrictions are proportionate only if they are geographically and temporally limited. Therefore, blanket orders cannot be issued which indiscriminately slow down internet services in all districts of Jammu & Kashmir without providing specific reasons for each district. In addition to this, the representation reiterated FMP's submissions made before the Supreme Court about unsuitability of internet restrictions as a tool to address terrorism and suggested that there were several less restrictive alternatives available to the government such as blocking specific websites or restricting internet access for a limited period in a limited area to tackle the threat of terrorism.

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