As Jammu and Kashmir state in India enters another day of curfew,
the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) appeals to the authorities to let local journalists speak.
is disturbed by the shutdown of newspapers and news channels in Kashmir following the complete lockdown in the region, after
the Indian army was deployed on July 7 to control month-long civil disturbances,”
IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline
Kashmir Press Guild – a platform of the most senior journalists in the region –
has issued a statement deprecating a situation in which local journalists are confined
to their homes by an unrelenting curfew, while media personnel flying in from
the national capital of Delhi
are afforded armed protection and allowed considerable freedom of movement.
of the ongoing troubles in Kashmir needs to be
told,” Park said. “But it also should be told by journalists based in Kashmir.”
appeals to the state government of Jammu
and Kashmir and the Indian national government to reconsider
their decision to deny passage through curfew-bound areas to even accredited
journalists holding press passes issued by the appropriate authorities.
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