Young Kashmiris on What it Means to be Silenced on Social Media

Credit: Indian Express

Ahmad, a resident of Srinagar, who did not want to be identified with his first name, fears to talk about the situation in Kashmir on social media. Instead, he says he discusses tomatoes, eggplants, and the weather on Twitter as the police have started to crackdown on social media users found criticizing the Indian government’s oppressive policies in the occupied territory.

The Indian government has already placed a ban on expressing opposition to the government’s controversial moves such as the abrogation of Article 370, mass arrests, silencing of journalists, and plans for demographic change. More recently, for the past two weeks, the cyber police in Kashmir have summoned a number of social media users who were countering government propaganda and highlighting the realities on the ground. Many of their accounts have now disappeared from Twitter and other social media outlets. Police have said that they are investigating 300 Twitter handles in Kashmir.

New, fake accounts were created in time for the year anniversary of Article 370 abrogation. All were using the hashtag #nayakashmir.

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