The South Asia Press Freedom Report of the UNESCO International Federation of Journalists, 2017-18 was released. This report said that incidents of closure of internet services around the world are increasing. There was concern that such incidents were a threat to freedom of expression and press.
In this report of UNESCO, it has been said that at least 97 events occurred in the South Asian countries between May 2017 and April 2018, in which only 82 cases were reported in India alone.
Main point of UNESCO report
This report was released by the UNESCO International Federation of Journalists, titled 'ClampDowns and Courage- South Asia Press Freedom Report 2017-18'.
According to the report, 12 incidents of internet service closure took place in Pakistan during this period, whereas in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, such incidents have taken place.
In Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab, 10 cases of internet shutdown were reported, whereas in Haryana less than 10 cases were registered.
In Darjeeling, the internet service was shut for 45 days due to political agitation and controversy.
The internet was shut for 40 days due to communal violence in Nawada, Bihar.
Internet service stopped for 31 days to ban social media in Jammu and Kashmir
In Jammu and Kashmir in July 2017, the internet service was discontinued for 15 days after the terrorist attack on a bus filled with pilgrims.
How to interfere in journalism?
According to the report, the work of journalists was blocked when internet service was closed, in which they could not use the necessary communication equipment for research, information verification and journalism.
Journalists are unable to work or get news for the right place when the internet is closed. Apart from this, citizens can not even get the information.
According to the report, it is a threat to human rights and is against the right to get information about people.
According to the report, shutting down the internet has become a tool for censorship, which governments use for their own benefit.
Purpose of the UNESCO International Federation of Journalists
Protect the freedom of the journalists working in press and their legitimate business activities, and preserve the standards of this profession.
Whenever there is a serious threat to the rights and freedoms of press and journalists, take action.
To know the status of journalists in various countries and take necessary steps from the concerned agencies.
Training to journalists to train trade union training and work area improvement.
It was established in 1926. It is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium).
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