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Kashmir: Social media gag on government workers slammed

SRINAGAR, Indian Occupied Kashmir : Government workers in Indian-administered Kashmir have decried a government ban prohibiting them and their families from expressing political opinions on social networking sites.

Under a new order issued on Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir government employees were barred from engaging in “criminal, dishonest, immoral or disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to government”.

The region’s half a million staff were also warned against taking part in political discussions or criticising the government’s policies.

“Employees should be aware that the law enforcement agencies will observe content and information made available by them on the social media,” the government order reads.

“They should use their best judgment in posting material that is neither inappropriate nor harmful to the state.”

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