Free SpeechDefence Project

An initiative by The Kashmir Walla to promote and defend freedom of speech

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In Kashmir, the Indian establishment is curbing freedom of the press in the same breath as it vows to defend it. It is the only explanation for its priorities – interrogating journalists over what the police has slyly termed “fake news” and “glorification of terrorism” – amid a spreading pandemic.
As the undeniable pressure mounts up on the local newspapers and its reporters, The Kashmir Walla asked editors and media watchers: what is the future of news in Kashmir?
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Kashmiri journalist Qazi Shibli returned home on the first day of the month of Ramzan after spending nine-months in jail.


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Lockdown of Kashmir Press Club: Another onslaught on journalism 

On 15 January an unprecedented scene was witnessed in the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) when a few journalists accompanied by government forces entered into...
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Journalist Sajad Gul booked under PSA, shifted to Kotbalwal jail

Journalist Sajad Gul has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and was subsequently shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu, police said. Inspector-General of...
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After bail, journalist Sajad Gul booked for ‘attempt to murder’ in another case 

Sajad Gul, a trainee reporter with The Kashmir Walla, has not been released by Bandipora police after he was granted bail by a local...
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CPJ calls on authorities to drop charges against Kashmiri journalist

Committe to Project Journalists has said that it  stands in solidarity with Kashmiri journalist Sajad Gul who has allegedly been harassed by authorities...
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TV debates causing more pollution than anybody: SC

New Delhi: Debates on TV news channels are causing more pollution than anybody with statements made in the court being taken out of context,...

Kashmiri journalist wins Free Press Unlimited’s ‘Newcomer of 2021’ award

Kashmiri journalist Bhat Burhan wins 'Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verploeg Award 2021' by Free Press Unlimited. Burhan, who is currently in The Hague...
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In Kashmir, journalists under shadow of gun, harassment and intimidation

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists On 14 June 2018, one of Kashmir’s most prominent journalists, Shujaat Bukhari, 50, had just finished...