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Mediated democracy and internet shutdown in India

Md. Nurul Momen (Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh)
Harsha S. (Department of Political Science, Assam University, Silchar, India)
Debobrata Das (Department of Political Science, Assam University, Silchar, India)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 18 December 2020

Issue publication date: 4 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight the very recent cases of internet shutdown during the creation of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act and the detention under Section 66 (A) of Information Technology Act 2000.

Design/methodology/approach

This study takes up a broad explorative discussion of the challenges posed to the consolidation of democracy in India due to frequent internet shutdowns for online communication and social media usages.

Findings

As findings, it is narrated that due to politically motivated reasons, India compromises its commitment to the pluralism and diversity in views, in particular, individual rights to freedom of expression and opinion, enshrined in the constitution.

Originality/value

Right to freedom of speech and expression has now taken a new shape due to the emergence and availability of the internet that enriches the quality of democracy.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research received no grant from any agency.

Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest in this research paper.

Citation

Momen, M.N., S., H. and Das, D. (2021), "Mediated democracy and internet shutdown in India", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 222-235. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-07-2020-0075

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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