The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ordered a ban on 35 YouTube channels, two websites, two Twitter accounts, two Instagram accounts and one Facebook account that were operating from Pakistan.
The channels spread “anti-India” content with a focus on the Indian armed forces, Jammu and Kashmir, India’s foreign relations, and public order, which attracted the provision of Section 69-A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The blocked channels included ‘Khabar with Facts’, ‘Global Truth’, ‘Information Hub’, ‘ApniDuniya TV’ and ‘Khoji TV’. The blocked sites were White News and DNow, whose YouTube channels were also blocked.
Top American lawmakers have urged the Joe Biden administration to initiate a litigation process at the World Trade Organization against India subsidising its farmers over half of the value of production for wheat.
The US has previously highlighted India’s non-compliance through counter-notifications at the WTO Committee on Agriculture.
The distortion of international wheat and rice trade from these policies is severe, costing US wheat farmers more than USD 500 million per year in lost income.