Media gagged in Kashmir

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/07/2016

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday night launched a crackdown against media in the Valley. Police raided  printing press offices of Kashmir's largest circulated newspaper Greater Kashmir,  as well as Kashmir Uzma, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Observer, Tameel-e-Irshad.  In these offices as many as 11 employees were also taken into custody by police.  The Mehbooba Mufti-led government has already blocked communication by suspending cellular and internet services amid a strict curfew.            

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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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