Published: 12th November 2017
After hours of shutdown, news websites and videos blocked on JNU campus, accessible again
The students realised that the sites were blocked on Saturday evening but Sunday morning, the sites became accessible to everyone
The Wifi is back in JNU. A day after students found out that certain news links and videos were not accessible on campus the administration seems to have got the content back on track.
On Saturday evening, students had complained about several pages and videos being blocked by the University. Some news channels and sites, presidential speeches of certain political leaders, any results searched for key works such as Rahul Gandhi, Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Banerjee and other leaders were unavailable, the All India Student Associations YouTube channels were blocked, other controversial channels such as AIB and videos had been blocked too.
However, On Monday morning, the content was accessible again to everyone. For JNU Student Union President, Mohit Pandey said that after news of the 'Biryani Fine' came out, the administration became cautious of the fact that students might upload content that could show the University in a bad light, "With VPN we could access certain sites but initially nothing was available. After the Biryani incident, there was a lot of discussion, complaints and a lot of students were also giving interviews to media. In order to curb this, the administration might have blocked the videos," he said.
The how did they come back on? "The same reason they blocked it, fear of the issue (internet blocking) getting leaked out to the media again," said Mohit.
The University has not issued a statement as to how the problem originated or why the sites were blocked.