(Reprinted with permission from The Kashmirwalla) Journalist Qazi Shibli spent nine months in Bareilly jail, after being picked up under PSA on July 27, 2019 for a story on troop movements in Kashmir preceding the revocation of Art 370 on Aug 5, 2019. He spoke to Yashraj Sharma […]
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Sajad Rasool, founder editor of community news platform ‘Kashmir Unheard’, writes about the experience of setting up a vibrant online site, only to come to a grinding halt due to the Internet shutdown with the abrogation of Art 370 on Aug 5, 2019. Republished with permission from Countercurrents.org […]
Kashmir police intimidate media: UAPA against photojournalist Masrat Zahra and fake news charge against Peerzada Ashiq
Even as it continues with a policy of intimidation and harassment towards journalists in Kashmir, the government has clearly decided to step up with penal action against anyone who steps out of line.
While the world is engaged in the biggest struggle for survival in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, while all of us are under the most unprecedented lockdown in our history, officers of the Indian government are very busy, making every effort possible to ensure that two prominent […]
The Uttar Pradesh government’s vindictive action against The Wire editor Siddharth Varadarajan has drawn widespread condemnation from journalists and other members of civil society across India. The Uttar Pradesh police filed an FIR against the editor for an article regarding the attendance of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi […]
Indian Cultural Forum Campaign April 4, 2020 We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the FIRs filed against The Wire’s Founding Editor Siddharth Varadarajan by the police in Faizabad District, Uttar Pradesh. This is clearly an attempt to intimidate the media and muzzle its freedom. The Wire has […]
Republished from Newsclick The government of India wants the media to stop creating panic by disseminating fake news about the ongoing crisis before first ascertaining from it ‘true’ and ‘factual’ information. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court stated that it does not intend ‘interfering’ with ‘free discussion’ while directing […]
Republished from the IFJ Blog As Kashmir locks down yet again – this time to contain the coronavirus pandemic – access to the internet can be a matter of life and death, quite literally. Dr Suhail Naik makes a compelling case for restoration of communication facilities to the […]