The Ministry of Data and Broadcasting on Tuesday blocked functions, web site and social media accounts of foreign-based Punjab Politics TV, which is linked to banned organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), for allegedly trying to make use of a web-based platform to disturb public order throughout meeting elections. The SFJ has been declared illegal beneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act, 1967.

“Counting on intelligence inputs that the channel was trying to make use of on-line media to disturb public order throughout the ongoing State Meeting Elections, the Ministry used emergency powers beneath the IT Guidelines on February 18 to dam the digital media sources of Punjab Politics TV,” it stated.

The ministry famous that the content material of the blocked apps, web sites, and social media accounts had had the potential to incite communal disharmony, separatism and had been discovered to be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, safety of the state, and public order.

“It was additionally noticed that the launch of recent apps and social media accounts was timed to achieve traction throughout the ongoing elections.

“Authorities of India stays vigilant and dedicated to safe the general info setting in India and thwart any actions having the potential to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity,” the ministry stated.

Meeting polls had been held in Punjab on February 20 and the outcomes will likely be declared on March 10.

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