Twitter blocked columnist CJ Verleman’s account at the request of the central government


New Delhi, June 24

Twitter has blocked the account of columnist CJ Verlemann, who writes on issues such as Islamophobia and conflict and terrorism, at the request of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

A message on the columnist’s Twitter handle read, “@cjwerleman’s account has been blocked in India in response to a legal demand.”

The account has been blocked for comments spreading “anti-India propaganda” following a request from the Information and Broadcasting ministry, an official said.

Verleman said his account has been blocked because of demands made by “the far-right, Hindu fascist regime of Narendra Modi” in India.

The Kalinga Rights Forum, which describes itself as a legal activism group for the national interest, claimed that the Center had acted on its complaints against Verleman’s “anti-India propaganda”.