What’s the news: Two simultaneous incidents of mobile internet service suspensions were reported in Manipur and Kashmir on August 7. While a five-day internet shutdown was announced in Manipur in face of tribal protests, Kashmir’s Srinagar authorities suspended internet during Muharram. Why it matters: Access Now, a digital rights advocacy group, said that India recorded the highest number of internet shutdowns for four consecutive years by 2021. While government authorities state that such measures regain public order, the suspension of internet services cuts off people’s contact to the rest of the world. This makes it difficult for affected citizens to gain relief and for the media to understand the situation on the ground. Srinagar loses internet during Muharram: On the same day that Manipur authorities declared internet suspension, the Jammu and Kashmir government also suspended mobile internet services in Lal…
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