India cancels Greenpeace license, orders NGO to close within 30 days

India has canceled Greenpeace International’s license to operate and given the environmental organization 30 days to shut down, citing fraudulent dealings and falsification of data. Greenpeace says the move is an “assault on free speech.”

The order was issued by authorities in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where Greenpeace is registered. The local government said it had found the organization had violated the law by engaging in fraudulent dealings.

A government official confirmed to Reuters that the order had been issued on Wednesday, but declined to provide further details.

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