41 rights' groups, including Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Human Rights Watch, have asked the Indian government to restore 4G internet access in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an open letter, the organisations said that the absence of 4G internet has hindered the work of health professionals, has prevented the public from getting information, and impeded the work of journalists, human rights defenders and others. The letter cites research showing that restrictions on 4G make video-conferencing "practically impossible to access and use effectively". The letter urgently appeals to the government to: Restore high-speed 4G internet access to full capacity to enable Jammu and Kashmir residents to be well-informed and to access crucial information; to ensure that journalists and human rights workers have the resources to do their work Lift all restrictions on the…
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