Indian govt. blocks e-group on Yahoo!

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 23 September 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: For the first time since its inception four months ago, India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued orders for blocking an obscure e-group on for “promoting anti-national news and containing material against the government of India and the state government of Meghalaya".

In response, the department of telecom (DoT) ordered around 200 Indian Internet service providers (ISPs) to block the 'Kynhun' discussion group last week. The link is an online forum that acts as a message board for a secessionist outfit spread over the seven states in the Northeast. The group seeks to form an independent country — Hynniewtrep.

State-owned BSNL, Tata-owned VSNL and Sify have conveyed to the DoT verbally that they will comply with the order.

A February 2003 notification empowers CERT-In to block websites that promote hate content, defamation and child porn and other objectionable material.

Many ISPs have told the DoT that selective blocking could interfere with other legitimate online discussion groups.

About reports that it has refused to block the group, a Yahoo India spokesperson said: "We have not been approached. The content is hosted on’s US server and whatever content rests on it is not under Yahoo India's jurisdiction." (Source: HindustanTimes)

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