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India must restore internet access to Kashmir to fight coronavirus

Communications blackout has been depriving residents of vital information

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Kashmiri journalists protests demanding restoration of internet service in Srinagar in November 2019.   © Reuters

Bilal Hussain is a freelance writer and columnist based in Kashmir with a focus on press freedom, Kashmir and the conflict economy.

In these extraordinary and challenging times, when access to information is vital for understanding and combating coronavirus, the government of India has yet again blocked internet services on mobile networks in Indian-administered Kashmir, which has been under communications restrictions since August last year.

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