This is a good one...
Someone using RTI to pry open the reasons for DOT censoring websites.
Would be interested to see how this goes.


Mr HC Jayal,
Joint Secretary, Administration,
Department of Telecom,
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology,
Sanchar Bhavan, 20 Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001.
Subject: Detailed information required about on Internet censorship under the RTI Act
Dear Sir,
Under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005, you are requested to kindly provide the following information:
1) Which websites are currently blocked in India? Kindly list the addresses of all the websites.
2) For which websites have till date orders been issued for unblocking after it was once blocked?
3) Is there a policy of notifying the public, via the media or through other means, as and when a certain website is blocked?
4) The Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had on 11 June 2004 issued directions to ISPs to block the website Hotfoon :: Value Telephony. It is understood that the blocking of websites is undertaken as per the provisions of the Department of Information Technology’s Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003.
(a) Which of the authorities listed under section V (1) of the Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) had requested the blocking of Hotfoon :: Value Telephony Kindly provide a copy of the relevant correspondence.
(b) Why was Hotfoon :: Value Telephony blocked?
(c) Is the Department of Telecom aware that at the moment Hotfoon :: Value Telephony is accessible from connections of many ISPs?
(d) Has the blocking of Hotfoon :: Value Telephony been revoked at any point?
5) On 29 June 2006, the Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had issued directions to Internet Service Providers to block the website www.geocities.com/cpimlpwg. Which of the authorities listed under section V (1) of the Department’s Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003 had requested the blocking of www.geocities.com/cpimlpwg? Kindly provide a copy of the relevant correspondence with that authority.
6) On 31 July 2006, the Department issued a notification to ISPs saying that www.geocities.com/cpimlpwg was deleted from their servers by M/s Yahoo! Inc.
(a) Kindly provide copies of the correspondence with M/s Yahoo! Inc.
(b) Considering that asking the web-hosting provider to remove websites is not mandated under the Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003 or the IT Act, 2000, under what specific legal provision was M/s Yahoo! Inc. asked to remove www.geocities.com/cpimlpwg?
(c) Which other websites have been removed by which hosting providers on the request of the Department of Telecom or other departments in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology? Kindly provide copies of the relevant correspondence.
7) On 29 June 2006, the Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had issued directions to Internet Service Providers to block the website www.sex.in. Which of the authorities listed under section V (1) of the Department’s Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003 had requested the blocking of www.sex.in? Kindly provide a copy of the relevant correspondence with that authority.
8) On 16 July 2004, the Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had issued directions to Internet Service Providers to block the website Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!!. Which of the authorities listed under section V (1) of the Department’s Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003 had requested the blocking of Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!! Kindly provide a copy of the relevant correspondence with that authority.
9) On 13 July 2006, the Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had issued directions to Internet Service Providers to block Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!! apart from 16 other websites. However, Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!! had already been blocked under the order dated 16 July 2004. What was the logic in asking to block an already blocked website? Has the Department of Telecom ever asked ISPs to revoke the blocking of Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!!
10) In the 13 July 2006 order, the Department of Telecom (LR Cell) had issued directions to Internet Service Providers to block 16 websites other than Hindu Unity - Soldiers of Hindutva! Awake Hindus!!. These are:
  1. The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta
  2. Editors in Pajamas
  3. OpiniPundit
  4. Pirate’s Cove
  5. クレジットカード・ã‚*ャッシング・ãƒ*ーンの総合情å*±ãƒ‹ãƒ¥ãƒ¼ã‚¹ãªã©
  6. https://bamapachyderm.com
  7. Tonys' Notes
  8. Merri Musings
  9. Macker's World - BANNED IN INDIA!
  10. volunteerswork.net
  11. www.hinduhumanrights.org/hindufocus.html
  12. Nndh.com - The Best nndh Resources and Information. This website is for sale!
  13. bloodroyaltriped.com
  14. Yahoo! - Incorrect URL
  15. imamali8.com
  16. Welcome to RahulYadav.Com
Which of the authorities listed under section V (1) of the Department’s Gazette Notification GSR 529 (E) dated 7 July 2003 had requested the blocking of each of these websites? Kindly provide a copy of the relevant correspondence with that authority for all of these 16 websites.
Looking forward to a prompt response.
(signed)