Attack on Fahad Shah’s residence highlights journalists’ challenges in J-K: Amnesty International

Condemning the attack on journalist Fahad Shah’s residence in Srinagar, Amnesty International India said, “Journalists in India operate in a rapidly deteriorating environment and many face threats and attacks just for doing their work.”

In a statement issued by Amnesty International India, the human rights organisation, said, “The attack on journalist Fahad Shah’s residence has once again brought to the fore the challenges faced by journalists working in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Authorities must stop attacking media freedom themselves, in Kashmir and across India, by harassing, intimidating and arbitrarily detaining journalists,” the statement added.
Yesterday, armed forces fired a tear gas shell inside the living room at Shah’s residence in Srinagar. He is the editor of The Kashmir Walla – an online news magazine – and writes for various international newspapers and magazines.

“The shell hit the window, falling straight on the floor of the room, where we sit. It burnt the flooring of the room which could have led to burning down of the entire house,” says Shah’s family member.

Struggling with respiratory medical conditions, Shah’s mother found it difficult to breathe after the incident. This is the second time Shah’s residence has been targeted.

On June 19, 2018, the armed forces vandalized Shah’s vehicle parked outside his residence in Soura. In that incident, the forces entered the residential area and resorted to breaking window panes and vandalized two cars, despite there being no provocation from the residents whose property was vandalized.

In June 2017, Jammu and Kashmir police had detained Shah.

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