Journalists have been facing threats of violence and harassment in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir Press Club has stated attacks and harassment media workers face in the area while reporting daily happenings. The statements also include evidences from media workers.
It was said in the statement, “The meeting in which representatives of all journalists associations took part noted with concern that from first day since Article 370 was removed on August 5, the government is not enabling journalists and media to operate freely from the Valley,”
“As if that was not enough, physical attacks, threats and summons to journalists are being employed by security agencies to intimidate journalists. The summons and harassment to journalists to counter-insurgency centre (Cargo) in Srinagar has become a routine exercise. The harassment and questioning of journalists in Kashmir on flimsy grounds by the J&K Police for their work is a damning verdict on the appalling condition in which media is operating,”
Reporters explained that police and Indian authorities harass them.
They are being called in police stations and interrogation centers in the region.
Apart from that, reporters from international media agencies were also harassed by Indian officials.
India has permitted media workers to cover and report freely from the region.
“They have been harassed and are being subjected to harassment is evident by the fact that since August 5, several journalists reporting from Kashmir were summoned and questioned by police for their work,”
It continued, “Viewing media as part of problem in Kashmir and blaming journalists for everything wrong is quite misplaced,”
“On August 14, 2019, Irfan Amin Malik was picked up from his residence in Tral and let go next day without any reason. On September 1, 2019 senior journalist Peerzada Ashiq who works for The Hindu was summoned to Kothi Bagh Police Station where he was questioned and pressurized to reveal source of his story,”