PFI’s Twitter Detained, YouTube, Website Blocked A Day After Central Government Bans Islamist Organization

On September 29, the People’s Front of India (PFI) Twitter account was blocked in India. The move came following the banning of the Islamist organization and its sister organizations imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India (GoI), on September 27 via a Gazette notification. The message on the account reads: “@PFIOfficial’s account has been held in India in response to a legal request.”

Official PFI account retained in India. Source: Twitter

In addition to the Twitter account, the PFI website, Facebook account and YouTube profile were blocked.

The PFI website is blocked.
PFI Facebook account blocked. Source: Facebook
YouTube PFi account blocked. Source: YouTube

However, PFI state branch accounts are still active on social media platforms, along with sister organizations that have been banned by the MHA. According to reports, the government sent instructions to block websites and social media accounts linked to the banned organization. Hindustan time cited an anonymous official saying that the account blocking process was underway. Instructions have already been sent to social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook for the same. Reports suggest WhatsApp accounts linked to the organization are also being monitored.

PFI banned by Indian government

On September 27, the Home Ministry issued a notification to ban PFI and its sister organizations named Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala.

The move came after nationwide raids on the organization by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) and state police. More than 100 sites were raided by security agencies and more than 150 leaders and workers linked to the organization were detained or arrested. During the raids, the bomb-making manual, Mission 2047 documents, weapons, cash, and wireless communication devices were recovered.

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