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.
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.
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.
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.
Funding: This research received no grant from any agency.
Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest in this research paper.
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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