India's Moment of Silence

A few days after the terror attacks in Bombay, Indians found many of their favorite blogs banned. On July 13, the Department of Telecommunications had ordered Indian Internet service providers to close a reported 17 blogs that purportedly published hate speech against Muslims. But in an effort to comply, the companies mistakenly blocked hundreds of other blogs hosted on the same servers. The government issued a new directive instructing ISPs to resume "unhindered access" to all but the specified websites, but the reaction online was immediate and furious, with dozens of sites accusing Delhi of trampling free speech. The closure even...

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