Srinagar, October 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association (JKYJA) has strongly condemned the continuous clampdown of 3G and 4G mobile internet services in the territory.

The JKYJA in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the ban of internet not only heightens the state of paranoia amongst the citizens but also affects the work of journalists in occupied Kashmir. The ban on internet, it added, also attacks the livelihood of dozens of people including professional journalists whose work depends on the internet.

The JKYJA said that the over the past few years, the repeated suspension of mobile internet services had become common in the occupied territory which reflected the total indifference of the puppet administration towards the prosperity, development, economic and educational upliftment of the Kashmiri and promotion of tourism.

The journalists while considering the adverse impact on the economic prospects due to the internet ban appealed to the people from IT section, tourism, lawyers, traders, entrepreneurs, students and teachers to condemn the curbs on the internet in occupied Kashmir. It said that depriving people of even basic internet facilities had a significantly disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in the occupied territory particularly the journalist.

The JKYJA demanded of the puppet authorities to guarantee freedom of expression in the territory and to seek a solution by a democratic process for the issues which lead to the unjustified internet ban. It stated that it will come with a complete course of action in coming days so as to raise voice against the serious issue of internet ban.

On the other hand, the puppet authorities have tuned-down the speed of the mobile internet in occupied Kashmir to prevent people from sharing information about the incessant braid chopping incidents. The speed of the mobile internet is slow in the Kashmir Valley for the last few days, creating problems for the users.

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