The phrase “media blackout” popped up again in social media discourse following speculations that the news media is willfully ignoring the recent agitation in Punjab after the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib. Here are 10 instances of media as well as Internet and phone services blackouts in India since the start of the 21st century.
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BJP stops telecast of TV channels – October 26, 2007
Limit on bulk SMSes imposed – October 7, 2012
UP government bans Times Now and India News – January 14, 2014
NDTV blanked out to protest ban on India’s Daughter -March 8th, 2015
Dimapur lynch mob case – March 8, 2015
Karnataka government blocks Tamil channels -March 2015
Al- Jazeera blocked for displaying wrong maps – April 23, 2015
Gujarat agitation led by Hardik Patel – August 26, 2015
Internet blackout in Kashmir – September 25, 2015