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New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India on Monday expressed shock at the “casual manner” in which editors of Kashmir-based publications are “routinely detained” by armed forces for their news reports or editorials and demanded an atmosphere where the media can operate without “fear or favour”. It cited the “recent detention and the subsequent release — after many hours — of Fahad Shah, editor-in-chief of The Kashmir Walla,” a Srinagar-based publication. This was the third…

New York-based international press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called upon the Indian government to drop investigations into the work of three Kashmir-based journalists and allow them to report without “harassment, intimidation, and criminal investigations.” In a statement issued on 22 February, the CPJ called upon the authorities to drop the charges against journalists Yashraj Sharma, Mir Junaid, and Sajad Gul. “Jammu and Kashmir Police must drop their investigations into all three…

Srinagar: Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations have expressed concerns over the use of the anti-terror laws against human rights defenders and journalists in Kashmir . In a letter to the Government of India, the rapporteurs wrote that the “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) authorises warrantless searches and individual arrests for up to 6 months when the person is designated as ‘terrorist’. Moreover, its broad scope makes it easily amenable to abuse.” The communique said…

The Kashmir Press Club has called the charges ‘false and fabricated’ Srinagar: Reporter Sajad Gul has been booked by the JK Police after he filed a story about a demolition drive carried out by revenue authorities in Hajin’s Shahgund village of Bandipora district in North Kashmir on February 9, 2021. In the story, the residents of the concerned village alleged that they were being ‘harassed and threatened’ by the Tehsildar, Hajin over demolition of their…

Srinagar: Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials are conducting searches at the office of News click in Delhi’ Saidulajab. ED officials have said that “other related places in connection with a money laundering case pertaining to foreign funding” were being investigated. A senior ED official said that the offices of the directors are being searched in a money laundering case for taking foreign funding from “some dubious companies abroad”. “We are being targetted for the reportage we…

The National Press Club in a statement said that he was one of many journalists and citizens whose rights were abused in Kashmir Srinagar: National Press Club (NPC) leaders spoke out Monday to urge the government of India to release from prison Aasif Sultan, a Kashmiri journalist who has been ‘unjustly detained’ for two and a half years. In a statement, the NPC mentioned, “Sultan, a writer for the Kashmir Narrator, was arrested in August…

Srinagar: The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Friday expressed concern over the incident that took place with three video Journalists during an event in north Kashmir today and called for a probe into the matter. According to the statement, the club received several calls by the anguished local journalists and while giving details of the incident they said that the scribes were thrashed by soldiers while covering the Jashn-e-Baramulla function, organised by the Army authorities,…

Srinagar: In the ongoing fifth phase of DDC elections, three journalists were beaten by armed forces in Srigufwara area of south Kashmiri’s Anantnag district on Thursday. Fayaz Ahmad Stringer of ETV Bharat alleged that he along with other two journalists were beaten by the police while reporting. Fayaz Ahamd said, “I took byte of a local ‘PAGD’ candidate who alleges that he was not allowed to cast his vote, and I then contacted SSP Anantnag…

The Mumbai Police on Wednesday evening filed a fresh FIR against Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami for allegedly assaulting police officials who came to arrest him. Sections 353, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been invoked in the new FIR has that been filed. Goswami was arrested in Mumbai on Wednesday morning for allegedly abetting suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer in 2018, a Mumbai Police official said. The police…

Mumbai: Maharashtra Police on Wednesday arrested Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in connection with the death of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in Alibaug in 2018. Republic TV in its report claimed that Goswami was “assaulted and dragged” during the arrest. Goswami reportedly said that Mumbai Police also physically assaulted his mother-in-law and father-in-law, son and wife. Naik, a 53-year-old interior designer, and his mother Kumud Naik had died by suicide…