The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued two new situation reports
on the difficulties confronting journalists, their organisations and media
outlets in India’s conflict
areas of Jammu and
Kashmir and the states of the
While conditions vary
between regions and conflicts, the reports detail the multiple ways in which
media personnel in these regions are restrained from going about their jobs, the
security risks they deal with while reporting in a volatile environment, state
restrictions on content and broadcasting, and a “blame the messenger” attitude
when media reporting on controversial issues puts pressure on both local
administrations and their opponents.
journalists and the media come from opposing sides, as governmental pressure is
exerted through legal mechanisms and security forces while armed militant groups
also vie to control media content in their favour.
Priority concerns raised
in the reports are the abysmally low levels of compensation and poor working
conditions that journalists in these regions
state security agencies and militant groups are called on to respect the right
of journalists to access information from all sides of a conflict situation.
This requires, above all,
that the civilian status of journalists in zones of armed conflict and
insurgency be treated as an inviolable principle, in accordance with United
Nations Security Council Resolution 1738 which obliges all parties to a conflict
to protect journalists reporting in conflict areas.
For the full reports, see: