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UNHRC accuses India of pressuring journalists in Kashmir

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Kashmir

Since the beginning of the struggle for independence in the Indian-controlled Kashmir in 1989, journalists in the troubled region have worked in dangerous conditions. The fraternity has often faced tremendous pressure from all sides, where many journalists have lost their lives in the line of duty.

New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its special status in 2019. Since then, the fraternity has accused the Indian administration in Kashmir of using intimidation, surveillance, interference and policing.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the freedom of speech and expression in Kashmir is under threat. Michelle Bachelet has also criticized India for pressuring journalists and “frequent” communications blackouts in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, India has often rejected any criticisms relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

Editor–in–chief of Kashmir Walla, an independent media outlet of Kashmir, says his organization has several police cases registered against it.

Journalists in Kashmir say New Delhi is trying to control media outlets and newspapers. They say their career is in danger. But many analysts believe in an era that almost every individual owns a smartphone and has access to social media, controlling a narrative is impossible. 


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