YouTube channels of news websites out of bounds at JNU
NEW DELHI: Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have accused the administration of tampering with Wi-Fi internet connectivity in the campus and blocking access to YouTube channels of several news websites.
A video, which recently went viral, showed how the YouTube channels of several media houses were restricted, when students tried to access the channels through the Wi-Fi provided by JNU administration on the campus.
The video also shows how these channels are available on YouTube when accessed through other internet connections.
JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) president Geeta Kumari said, "Access has been blocked to news sites of NDTV, The Wire, etc. We are instead redirected to a page that says that we are trying to access 'adult content'. We cannot even access YouTube videos of previous presidential debates at JNU. This has been going on since Friday."
However, JNU official Rana Pratap, in a tweet, denied the allegations, saying, "There is no change in the URL filtering policy of JNU."
Former JNUSU vice=president and activist Shehla Rashid tweeted that YouTube videos related to student movements, keywords search related to Mamata Bannerjee, Rahul Gandhi, Shehla Rashid, Kejriwal, Kanhaiya Kumar were also censored.
"JNU administration, headed by RSS man @mamidala90, has censored JNU WiFi. Students can't access content from AIB, The Wire, NDTV, YouTube videos related to student movements. Keyword search related to Mamata Bannerjee, Rahul Gandhi, Shehla Rashid, Kejriwal, Kanhaiya censored!!!," Rashid tweeted.
In a statement, the JNUSU further said, "This latest scheme of the JNU V-C is tampering with free academic thought and the environment of JNU, by placing curbs on the internet access of JNU students, through the campus Wi-Fi.
"Students have been facing problems in accessing web pages and channels on YouTube through the JNU Wi-Fi. JNU presidential debates, speeches of prominent student leaders have also been restricted."