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The YouTube channels that the Ministry of I&B blocked: Screenshots

On 21st December, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) blocked 20 YouTube channels, and 2 websites for “spreading anti-India propaganda”. This is the first time the Ministry has used the new intermediary rules to block online content.

According to a press release, the Ministry blocked these channels and websites vide two separate orders under Rule 16 that requested the Department of Telecom to direct the internet service providers. It further said that the channels & websites were a part of a coordinated disinformation campaign operating from Pakistan.

Further, the channels had a combined subscriber base of over 35 lakh, with over 55 crore views on their videos.

Which YouTube channels?

The I&B Ministry listed the names of the following YouTube channels that belonged to the Naya Pakistan group.

1. Najam Ul Hassan Bajwa

2. Mian Imran Ahmad

3. Sadaf Durrani

4. Fictional

5. Punjab Viral

6. Naya Pakistan Global

7. The PunchLine

8. GoGlobal E-commerce

9. Cover Story

10. Junaid Haleem official

11. Tayyab Hanif

12. Zain Ali official

13. Mohsin Rajput official

14. Kaneez Fatima

Other channels that didn’t belong to the Naya Pakistan Group:

1. International Web News

2. Khalsa TV

3. Historical Facts

4. News24

The overall statistics of these channels indicate total views (58,68,07,175) and total subscribers (37,52,898).

All screenshots were provided by the Ministry of I&B.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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