New Delhi, April 22 (KMS): Senior Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor, while reacting over the registration of cases against three noted Kashmiri journalists has asked whether India is seeing lockdown of democracy.

Shashi Tharoor wrote on twitter: “Federalism has been overridden, Parliament & courts can’t convene, now media. Are we seeing the Lockdown of Democracy?”

Three journalists were booked by the Indian police in just two days. Masarrat Zahra, a freelance photojournalist, was booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. While FIRs against two senior journalists, Peerzada Ashiq and Gowhar Gilani, have also been filed. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits has urged the Indian authorities to release Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other Muslim religious leaders from detention ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Chairman of Reconciliation, Return and Rehabilitation of Migrants, Satish Mahaldar in a statement in Srinagar in view of the upcoming month of Ramadan appealed to the authorities to release all Muslim religious leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who are in detention since the abrogation of special status of occupied Kashmir buy India in August, last year. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the booking of noted Kashmiri journalists, Gowhar Geelani, Peerzada Ashiq and Masarrat Zahra, under serious charges for their posts on social media and news stories related to the Indian atrocities in the territory.

Senior APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that efforts were being made to demolish journalism, the fourth pillar of democracy, in occupied Kashmir. He said that journalists in the territory were being prevented from carrying out their professional duties in a free manner. He demanded immediate withdrawal of cases against Gowhar Geelani, Peerzada Ashiq and Masarrat Zahra. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Working Journalists Association (KWJA) on Wednesday while condemning the ongoing offensive against journalists launched by the Indian police said that journalists in Kashmir won’t succumb to tactics of threat and intimidation.

KWJA in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that journalists in Kashmir had always worked under perilous conditions, holding up values of press freedom in the face of dangers to life and liberty. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, hours after questioning a journalist for her social media posts, the head of the cyber cell of Indian police was called out for his own old tweet terming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “sadist”.

Tahir Ashraf, Superintendent of Police of cyber wing, was forced to delete his tweet posted in 2013. In his tweet, the police officer had referred to an NDTV interview of Indian Prime Minister Modi on the 2002 Gujarat riots, in which Modi as the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat had said it would pain him “even if a puppy came under a car”.

Responding to the statement, Tahir Ashraf had tweeted: “Narendra Modi’s puppy analogy on 2002 riots shows his real character… sadistic”. The old tweet surfaced on Tuesday as the police charged a 26-year-old female photojournalist, Masarrat Zahra, under the draconian law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for her social media posts. »

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Islamabad, April 22 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly condemned the booking and questioning of a photojournalist Masarrat Zahra and registration of FIRs against two other journalists, Ashiq Peerzada and Gowhar Geelani under the stringent and draconian laws by Indian police.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said, the move is aimed at further muzzling the press and bring the media men to knees in the strangulated disputed territory.

He said that press and publications in occupied Kashmir were never free from the police intervention but in the post 5 August situation, the Delhi regime had assumed worst shape in terms of the repressive governance and the authorities had magnified their role to muzzle the press and curb human rights and political voice in the territory. »

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New Delhi, April 22 (KMS): Editors Guild of India has expressed concern over the booking of journalists in occupied Kashmir including Masarrat Zahra and Peerzada Ashiq on serious charges.

While an FIR has been filed in connection with a report filed by Peerzada Ashiq, the authorities in the occupied territory have used the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against Masarrat Zahra. The authorities have also booked another renowned journalist and polcitical commentator, Gowhar Geelani. They have been charged for uploading some Kashmir-related photographs and covering the viewpoint of the Kashmiri martyrs’ families.

Editors Guild of India in a statement said any recourse to such laws for merely publishing something in the mainstream or social media is a gross misuse of power and its only purpose can be to strike terror into journalists. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the already battered economy of the territory is suffering an estimated loss of Rs 270 crore per day due to COVID-19 lockdown, says a report by an Indian Credit Rating & Research company.

Acuité Ratings & Research Limited, a Credit Rating & Research company in India, in a report pegged per day losses on account of lockdown across India at Rs 35,000 crore.

The company is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), and accredited by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as an External Credit Assessment Institution (ECAI), for Bank Loan Ratings under BASEL-II norms. »

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Chandigarh (Punjab, India), April 22 (KMS): Prominent Sikh representative organization, Dal Khalsa, has strongly condemned the booking of journalists in occupied Kashmir under serious charges by Indian police amid lockdown.

The organization also came down heavily on Delhi government for arresting Jamia Millia Islamia University students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar, by the Delhi Police, who spearheaded the protests against the new citizenship laws in India.

The Dal Khalsa spokesman, Kanwar Pal Singh, in a statement said, the administrations of Delhi and occupied Kashmir are abusing the lockdown to silence and snub those voices, who dares to call a spade a spade. He said there is a clear design behind these arrests as the Indian government knows that there would be no backlash from any quarter because of the lockdown in India and occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, has opposed registering of FIRs against Kashmiri journalists, saying it is an unwarranted act intended to suppress media freedom in the territory.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “When an FIR is registered, a lot of caution is needed. The FIRs against the scribes must be immediately withdrawn as one of the merits of a democratic system is the freedom of expression, press and the space that is provided to disagreement by different sections of society.” »

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