Journalists harassed, abused and prevented from work in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, journalists faced vandalism, harassment and abuse at the hands of Indian forces’ personnel in Srinagar.

The police and paramilitary forces, who had closed all roads with concertina wires did not allow them to visit the so-called media facilitation centre, set up by the authorities in the Sonwar area of Srinagar, just to hoodwink the international community.

Journalists and photojournalists said even curfew passes and media passes were not acknowledged by the forces’ personnel.

A female journalist Rifat Mohidin, one of many who had to face the ire of the police on Sunday, said, “I was stopped near the Jehangir Chowk flyover and was not allowed to move further by policemen. They abused me and my family. I told them I have a curfew pass but they did not budge. They even damaged my car with batons. I was in tears,” she said. She said the policemen warned her of dire consequences and also tried to seize her vehicle. “I was sitting inside the vehicle the whole time and was in a state of shock,” she said.

Many journalists at the media facilitation centre complained of harassment by the police and paramilitary forces. “I had to keep my car two kilometres away from the media centre and had to cover the distance on foot,” a photojournalist said, adding that the restrictions were severe on Sunday.

On Saturday, four journalists, including photojournalists, were beaten up by policemen while covering a Muharram procession at Hasanabad in Srinagar. One of them also received pellet injuries.

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