Indian troops snatch journalists’ cameras, delete photos


In the Indian-controlled Kashmir, where press has been facing hardships, the rule of Indian troops still chokes the freedom of the press. Several journalists have been killed, beaten up, detained, arrested, or stopped from doing their duty in the region while covering the disputed territory.

On Saturday, which is observed as National Press Day, reportedly an Army official snatched cameras of two photo-journalists and deleted the photographs that they had taken while covering a militant attack on an Army convoy in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The two photo-journalists who work for two different newspapers of the State alleged that the Army troopers also blamed them for the trouble in the area. “An Army major abused us and snatched our camera when he saw us taking pictures. We told him that we are performing our professional duty but he did not listen and deleted the pictures by formatting the memory cards,” one of the journalists told a local news agency.

Earlier, on November 13, video journalist Hilal Ahmad, working with a Delhi based news agency Asian News International (ANI) was injured after being hit by a police vehicle in Srinagar. Ahmed was covering Muharram procession when he received a fracture in his left leg after he got hit by the vehicle.

In 2010, the Indian troops laid siege on the press colony of the region for a week barring reporters from covering any protests during which more than 120 people were killed. (Inputs from GNS)

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