Indian paramilitary forces attack journalists in Kashmir

Indian paramilitary forces attack journalists in Kashmir

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Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the violence that members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) used against two employees of the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, Mohammad Jaffar and Abdul Qayoom, in Peerbagh, in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, on 20 July.

RWB is also disturbed to learned that Internet and 3G mobile networks were blocked in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 July after members of the Border Security Force (BSF) shot six demonstrators during a protest against the BSF’s recent intrusion into a mosque.

“We are outraged by this police attempt to block information in Peerbagh and the violence used to achieve their goal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope that the internal investigation being carried out under the command of a police superintendent quickly identifies the police officers involved in attacking journalists.”

“Given that certain local media say that BlackBerry is about to provide the Indian authorities with the ability to intercept Blackberry Messenger instant messaging, emails and attachments in real time, we urge the provincial government to explain its suspension of the Internet and 3G networks on 18 July and to put a stop to this kind of measure for good, because it isolates the region and constitutes a grave violation of the free flow of information.”

Jaffar and Qayoom were on their way to the place where their newspaper is printed in order to collect the final version of the latest edition on 20 July when they were stopped by the police, who had been deployed in large numbers. They were then beaten by both members of the police and the CRPF.

“They kicked us, abused us and threatened us with dire consequences if we came again,”Rising Kashmir quoted Qayoom and Jaffar as saying. Jaffar had to be taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

The vehicle used for transporting copies of not only Rising Kashmir but also Buland Kashmirand Sangarmal was later allowed to collect the newspapers following intervention by Superintendent Budgam Mohammad Arshad, who said he had begun an investigation into the incident.

The authorities routinely refuse to issue journalists with a laissez-passer when curfews are in force in the state, as many journalists who have tried to visit the region have reported.

Online censorship

Two days before this incident, on 16 July, Internet and 3G mobile networks were suspended throughout the Kashmir Valley after the BSF shot six civilians. The government denied ordering the suspension but local operators reported receiving verbal instructions to suspend services as a precaution.

“We received a verbal communiqué to take down the GPRS and 3G services,” a representative of BSNL, the leading telephone and Internet operator, told the Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity. “The speed of the broadband connections has also been reduced,” he added

The authorities often suspend Internet and phone services in Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to rein in mounting protests. They did so during an uprising in the valley in 2010, when calls for protests were circulating online.

Violence against journalists has been on the increase for several weeks in India. In one of the latest recent cases, news photographer Gyandev Lokhande was attacked by members of the Congress Party in Betul, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, while taking photos at a candidate selection meeting on 18 July.

He was taken unconscious to a local hospital. Later the same day, police arrested three people under of Section 307 of the Penal Code on suspicion of trying to murder Lokhande.

India is ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

Source: Reporters Without Borders – Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:59 AM

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  • voiceofthe

    Shame shame shame! Only words that come to mind that aren’t expletive

    • Sanjeev

      I think you should stop commenting until you remember better words. Maybe you can get a dictionary.

      By the way, what are you doing here typing stupid comments? No vacancy in the Jihad camps in Pak? Or did you get your pants wet at the thought? :)

      Nice joke, wasn’t it!

      • voiceofthe

        Yes this is copied & pasted from previous posts.

        Where ever you try to spew hatred this message will follow it in’Shaa’Allah

        The Holy Quran is the most read Text in the world, it is also the most mis-read, i.e people read it without knowledge of the meaning.

        If the Holy Quran is read with meaning and understood then In’Shaa’Allah many problems of this world will cease to be.

        Currently our ummah is divided and without a clear path. In’Shaa’Allah the ummah will come together soon and lead the way once again.

        Nothing escapes aakhira.. we all must atone and face Allah, this is the only truth in the world.

        I do not believe in the violent means by which our religion is being labeled, but I do believe in fighting against tyranny. for what good are my legs if I am made to kneel forever.

        These attacks against what is being said in the defense of Kashmir & Kashmiris are just that.

        One has to also wonder about the timing of this backlash against Kashmiris by the likes of Sanjeev and the many names the person uses to pander. The BJP run on the platform of division, this is what I see these people doing.

        My message is clear, a believer (a MUSLIM) until he/she interpret the Holy Quran in full meaning and applies that to their life, we will continue to suffer.

        The uneducated and ignorant are easily brainwashed, this enables clerics and muftis to take advantage of a desperate situation.

        If only one person reads this and passes it on to others then Sanjeev & the Kind have done us a service since this message has gone through to someone.

        Let us thank him/them.

        The compulsion to try and get in the last word is well defined in Psychology, known as ‘Takers.’ Islam also prohibits us from trying to get in the last word within an argument.

        My aim here is not to get in the last word, rather present the readers with an option.

  • Voiceofthe

    Shame was the right word.

    Here are some more..

    “Oppression”

    Oppression
    you pray on us when we sleep
    oppression
    you chase after the tired the poor the weak
    oppression
    you know you mean only harm
    oppression
    you reach out with your long arm

    but oppression
    I won’t let you near me
    oppression
    you shall learn to fear me

    oppression
    you seek population control
    oppression
    to divide and to conquer is your goal
    oppression
    I swear that hatred is your home
    oppression
    you just won’t leave bad enough alone

    but oppression
    I won’t let you near me
    oppression
    you shall learn to fear me

    oppression
    I don’t see how you sleep
    oppression
    for your bleeding conscience I weep
    oppression
    you may have the dollar on your side
    but oppression
    from the gospel truth you cannot hide
    and
    oppression
    I won’t let you near me
    oppression
    you shall learn to fear me
    oppression
    I won’t let you near me
    oppression
    you shall fear me