Finding 404: A Report on Website Blocking in India

Jan 12, 2023

Finding 404:  A Report on Website Blocking in India

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Error 404 : Website Cannot be Found

Jan 09, 2023 is launching a “Website Blocking” report which has sought to conduct a thorough review of the techno-legal ecosystem for Website Blocking which is required to assess the grounds on which websites can be blocked in the country whose Constitution enshrines the right to freedom of speech and expression, and prohibits their absolute suspension.

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Free Speech Violations related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 15, 2021

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Censorship/Free Speech violations related to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Websites blocked in 2019

Oct 25, 2019

 Websites blocked by MeitY in 2019

In a reply to our latest RTI on blocked websites Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) revealed that the Ministry issued blocking orders for 20 websites between January to October 2019. No further information was provided by the Ministry.

The following information was sought by us:

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[RTI] 23030 websites/URLs currently blocked in India

Oct 09, 2017

According to the Cyber Laws and E-Security Group under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Group (MeitY), as many as 23,030 websites /URLs are currently blocked in India.

This information was received as a reply to a Right to Information application filed by us on August 28, 2017.

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The Internet Archive is among 2650 websites blocked for copyright infringement

Aug 12, 2017

The Internet Archive – a non-profit initiative that has been archiving online content like web pages, books, text, audio, video, images, and software since 1996 – has become one of the latest casualties in the Indian movie industry’s crusade against online piracy.

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DEITY provides list of sites blocked in 2013, but withholds orders!

Mar 27, 2014

Sri.Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Communications & Information Technology informed the Lok Sabha on Dec 11, 2013 that the Government has asked social networking sites to block 1208 web addresses or URLs in 2013

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When Copyright Tramples on the Right to Freedom of Expression

Jul 02, 2012

Vimeo, Pastebin, Piratebay and many other sites were blocked for over a month in India. There was lot of clamour in the twitterverse and social networking sites against the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) on this large scale website blocking.

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Vimeo Block Not Ordered by DOT

Jun 11, 2012

Many websites like, and have been blocked in India for nearly a month now. The message shown on trying to access the blocked sites on the Airtel network is "This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications".

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