International Press Institute, Vienna concern

From The Hindu: “IPI concern over threats to journalists in Kashmir and Manipur

“The International Press Institute (IPI) is concerned at reports that the media is facing harassment in India’s conflict-ridden northern and north-eastern States, according to Nayana Jayarajan, Press Freedom Adviser.”

“In Kashmir, which is still reeling after a month of demonstrations and protests which left 16 people dead, government curbs against the media were met by a three-day cessation of publication by the local media. Journalists’ associations in the State declared a three-day strike from July 8 to 11 in protest against the restrictions on journalists.”

“The media community was protesting the government’s reluctance to issue curfew passes to journalists to allow them to continue coverage during curfew.”

“They issued only 10 curfew passes per media organisation,” said Anuradha Bhasin, Editor-in-Chief of the Jammu-based Kashmir Times. “This is not enough. You need at least 40 passes even to run the paper with one-third of its staff.”

“Ms. Bhasin also told IPI that while there had been no outright curbs on coverage, the security forces were harassing journalists whose coverage they saw as unfavorable. “Those whose reporting they don’t like, they are harassing them in various ways,” she said.”

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