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India had the highest internet shutdowns in South Asia last year: UNESCO

The Clampdowns and Courage-South Asia Press Freedom Report 2017-18 counts at least 97 instances of internet shutdowns in South Asia, and a whopping 82 of these happened in India.

In comparison, India’s neighbour Pakistan had 17 instances, while Sri Lanka had one over the course of the year. Bangladesh and Afghanistan’s attempts to implement internet shutdowns were largely averted by timely public outcry, the UNESCO report states.