India stifling media in occupied Kashmir: Report » Kashmir Media Service

New Delhi, September 07 (KMS): Reporters are being subjected to surveillance, informal investigations and harassment for publishing reports considered adverse to the Indian government or forces, says a new report by two rights networks.

Published by the Network of Women in Media, India, and the Free Speech Collective, the report said, India’s government is muzzling Kashmir’s media as part of the lockdown it imposed on the territory over a month ago.

Titled “News Behind The Barbed Wire”, the study comes after the Indian government revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status on August 5. The report was prepared by two journalists who spent five days in occupied Kashmir and spoke to more than 70 journalists, local administration officials and residents.

The findings of the report reveal a grim and despairing picture of the media in occupied Kashmir, fighting for survival against the most incredible of odds.

It also highlighted that recent editorials in major Kashmir papers covered only harmless topics, such on the benefits of Vitamin A and “Should you consume caffeine during summer?”

“This is intrinsically undemocratic and harmful, as it privileges the voices of authority and weakens those who speak truth to power,” the report said of the situation faced by the media in the occupied territory.

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