Kashmir cyber-police threaten, slap reporter who questioned their methods
Recent articles in Kashmir (India)

The eviction of journalists and the sealing of the entrance of one of the oldest English-language publications in the Kashmir Valley, the “Kashmir Times”, is seen as government reprisal against the paper’s editor who has spoken out in defense of press freedom.

In a letter addressed to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 397 writers, academics, and civil society members in calling for the release of Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been imprisoned for two years. He was charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for his alleged complicity in “harboring known terrorists.”

The letter signed by 27 groups, including several IFEX members, emphasized that the communication restrictions have already caused immense damage to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.