Free SpeechDefence Project

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

world press freedom day
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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With PCI team in Kashmir, five journalists summoned, detained in a week

As the Press Council of India (PCI) constituted committee has arrived in Kashmir to inquire about the allegations of intimidation and harassment of journalists, five...
Salman - Suhail

Two journalists detained for ‘questioning’ in Anantnag  

Two journalists have been detained in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the last week for "questioning". Both continue...
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PCI to send fact-finding team to probe ‘intimidation’ of Kashmiri journalists

Srinagar: Taking sou-mottu cognizance of former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti’s concern about the intimidation and harassment of journalists in...
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‘Journalism being criminalized in Kashmir’: Mufti asks PCI to send fact-finding team

Srinagar: The President of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday wrote to the Press Council of India and Editors Guild of India...
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Choking independent media will widen gap between people and govt: NC

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday expressed concern over the accentuating curbs on the freedom of vernacular press in Kashmir saying...
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Exclusive: Govt directed Kashmir newspapers to ‘greet readers’ on I-Day

Srinagar: The newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir were asked by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) to publish greetings of Independence Day...
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Kashmir Walla editor wins Human Rights Press award

Fahad Shah, the editor-in-chief of The Kashmir Walla, has been awarded the prestigious 25th Human Rights Press Awards (2021) in explanatory feature writing for...