The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday blocked apps, websites and social media accounts from overseas-based Punjab Politics TV linked to the banned organization Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) for allegedly trying to use an online platform to disrupt public order during assembly elections. The SFJ was outlawed under the Illicit Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.
“Based on intelligence that the channel was attempting to use online media to disrupt public order during the ongoing State Assembly elections, the Ministry used emergency powers under the IT Rules on February 18 to block the resources. of Punjab Politics TV’s digital media,” he said. he said.
The ministry noted that the content of apps, websites and social media accounts they had the potential to incite communal disharmony, separatism and were considered harmful to India’s sovereignty and integrity, state security and public order.
“It was also noted that the launch of new apps and social media accounts was timed to gain traction during the ongoing elections.
“The Government of India remains vigilant and committed to protecting the general information environment in India and preventing any actions that have the potential to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity,” the ministry said.
Legislative elections were held in Punjab on 20 February and the results will be released on 10 March.