Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 5
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Extremist organisation ISIS is using internet propaganda to recruit teenagers to join its “Jihad”. Some teenagers in India have suffered a great deal as a result of this. According a report by India Today on January 4, the Indian government blocked more than 30 popular websites in an attempt to prevent terrorist ideology from permeating the internet. The authorities then unblocked four of them under the emotional pressure of a dissatisfied public.

The Indian government issued a statement on December 31 of last year that some websites will be blocked in the interest of security and combatting terrorism. This blockade was aimed at websites that “do not require identity authentication” and which allow “identity concealing” following registration. But authorities did not expect threat Indian public would not buy it. “Any discerning person can see that these websites do not contain any content relating to terrorist ideology. This is a violation of freedom of speech”. Criticism followed in quick succession accusing the authorities of taking such action without any screening.

Then under enormous pressure from popular sentiment the Indian government made concessions, reported the BBC. Currently, Weekly, Vimeo and other for well-known websites were blocked still cannot be visited. The intense backlash in public sentiment was beyond the authorities’ expectations. In addition to the extensive criticism, the hacker group Hackers Anonymous threatened to respond with their own counter-measures that if the authorities do not de-block the rest of the 28 websites. Indian Prime Minister an innocent bystander in this was also hit by the barbs. Many Indian netizens called Modi a “hypocrite”for tweeting “as a normal person I too join the protestors against suppression of freedom of speech, following the lifting of the information blockade.

Some Indian publications analysed that the Indian security department had a number of difficulties attempting to take legal action against the websites because of most of the servers of the targeted websites were based overseas therefore they had no success gaining access to the legal representatives of the website. But the Indian government said the authorities will never compromise on security in the fight against terrorism.

极端组织“伊斯兰国”(IS)擅长以网络宣传蛊惑年轻人参与其所谓“圣战”,而印度一些年轻人深受其害。据《今日印度报》4日报道,为防恐怖思想渗透,印度政府近日封杀了30余个知名网站。但在该国民众不满情绪的压力下,当局又将其中4个网站解封。
报道称,印度政府上月31日发表声明,出于应对恐怖主义的安全需要,将对部分网站实行封锁。这次封锁针对一些注册时“不需身份验证”和“能够隐藏身份”的网站。但出乎当局意料的是,该国民众却对此“不买账”。“任何明眼人都能看出这些网站并不含有恐怖思想内容”,“这是对言论自由的侵犯”,一些批评声纷纷指责当局不加甄别便施加封锁的行为。

另据英国广播公司(BBC)报道,在巨大的民意压力下,印度政府做出让步。目前“Weebly”、“Vimeo”等4个知名网站已被解封,但有民众反映部分网页仍然无法访问。民众意愿的强烈反弹出乎当局意料,除了广泛的批评之外,甚至有匿名的疑似黑客组织威胁称,若当局不把剩下的28个网站解封,就会做出“回击行动”。而印度总理莫迪也在此次事件中“躺枪”。在去年12月31日封杀消息放出后,莫迪的一条“推特”中写道:“作为一个正常人,我加入反对镇压言论自由的抗议者当中。”对此,不少印度网民将莫迪称为“伪君子”

有印度媒体分析称,由于大部分被封网站服务器基于海外,当局安全部门无法获得网站法人信息,因此将这些网站付诸法律程序困难重重。但印度政府称,出于对国家安全的考虑,当局“绝不会向恐怖主义妥协。

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