Kashmir

Why everyone likes a dead journalist in Kashmir

BY GOWHAR GEELANI| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |27/03/2018

Maqbool Sahil is dead. For 20 years, he struggled to make ends meet. No one bothered. At his death, everyone woke up.

 

Pune girl livens up Republic Day

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/02/2018

The girl got the Keystone Cops treatment, going from suicide bomber to aspiring pharmacist in 11 riveting days.

 

Trial begins for defamatory tweet

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/02/2018

 Rising Kashmir reports that the trial has begun in the criminal defamation case filed by its Editor-in-chief against social activist Madhu Kishwar. She appeared via video conferencing in the Tis Hazari Courts in Delhi as permitted last year  by the  Supreme Court. The case is being tried in a local court in..

 

The climate for free speech in India

IN SPECIAL REPORTS |20/01/2018

The Hoot’s annual report attempts a state-wise overview of the climate for media freedom and free speech.

 

Framing Kashmir as ‘us and them’

BY B P SANJAY| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/01/2018

The man appointed by New Delhi to restore dialogue in Kashmir says he has to contend with the damage done by the mainstream news channels.

 

Ploughing their own furrow...

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |11/01/2018

.....Kashmiri women reporting on issues unrelated to the conflict and a farmer’s daughter on local radio.

 

Internet shutdowns become chronic

BY SIMRAN AGARWAL, RAHUL BHATNAGAR, SHILPI GOYAL| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |05/01/2018

There was not a single month in 2017 when an internet shutdown was not in force in some part of the country.

 

Anguish in Kashmir over mothers’ deaths

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/12/2017

The death in firing of two mothers who leave behind babies has provoked another wave of outrage on social media.

 

Countering TV anchors

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/10/2017

The J&K Tourism Department has decided that an ad agency it uses will produce positive programmes on Kashmir.   This is an effort to counter the harm that the state government thinks is done  by "hyper nationalistic media in India (which)  ran shows on prime time selling lies about Kashmir..

NIA picks up young Kashmiri photo journalist

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |14/09/2017 ?

Kamran Yousuf has been in the National Investigation Agency’s custody for a week without any charges being brought against him.

 

Delhi HC denies protection to Madhu Kishwar

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/09/2017

The Delhi High Court has refused  to grant protection from arrest to activist Madhu Kishwar in a criminal defamation case brought by Rising Kashmir  editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari. Kishwar wanted interim protection because a non- bailable warrant was issued against her by a Srinagar Court. In July she got a Supreme Court order..

 

Kashmir journos on Twitter’s block list

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |05/09/2017

The two “objectionable” tweets included a photograph in which security forces have made a youth a human shield to prevent protests.

 

You're cordially invited to be lynched in our studio. RSVP

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2017

In the guise of debate, Kashmiris are being subjected to vilification, venom, and finger-wagging by jingoistic anchors. Some are saying ‘no thank you’.

 

NIA unearths??

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |31/07/2017

TOI had a prominent  story on page 8 in its Delhi edition (july 31) saying the NIA has "unearthed" the Hurriyat's protest calendar. Kashmir journos are amused. They say the agency  could have just read local newspapers instead last year: Resistance issues new protest calendar; calls for Eidgah march on Friday, published on..

 

Rajnath Singh’s tweet

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/07/2017

A politician can do wonders for his image with a single tweet. Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s tweet on July 11: “The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive” instantly won him the approval of the..

 

Facebook removes Burhan cover

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |10/07/2017

Greater Kashmir says that Facebook has blocked the official facebook page of the Greater Kashmir  weekly Kashmir Ink on Saturday. The message from Facebook said it was blocked for 24 hours. The social networking site has also removed the cover page of the latest issue of Kashmir Ink which was shared on its official Facebook page on..

 

Visual tales born out of conflict

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/06/2017

All three films not permitted to be shown at the short film festival in Kerala which is currently under way, are now on YouTube. Did the GOI really feel threatened by these

 

Suddenly news?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/06/2017

An article published  on The Wire on June 2 suddenly becomes a news item for Times Now on the afternoon of June 5. In it Partha Chatterjee, described as a social scientist and historian, compared the justification advanced for action by Major Gogoi in the human shield incident in Kashmir with the.. ??

 

PDP govt circumvents its own social media ban

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |16/05/2017

Two weeks into the ban, the question to ask is whether the situation has improved and whether protests in Kashmir have abated.

 

Tough ban to implement

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |10/05/2017

Cable operators in Kashmir are hesitating to comply with the ban on transmitting 34 TV channels from Muslim countries, reports Kashmir Observer. The president of the Kashmir Cable Operators Association said that they have told the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar as much because their business depends on these channels. The latter  has however told..

 

Social media shut down

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |26/04/2017

In the wake of viral videos capturing the violence in Kashmir the government today announced a ban on mobile internet and social media sites and apps like Facebook , Twitter, Wechat; QQ; Qzone; Google Plus; Skype; Line; Pinterest; Snapchat; Youtube; Vine and Flickr. (Al Jazeera)..

 

Open your eyes, ears and minds on Kashmir

BY SHINZANI JAIN| IN OPINION |24/04/2017

Otherwise the media can never portray the reality of Kashmir in a way that will help Indians understand Kashmiri aspirations.

 

Facebook Live adds fuel to fire in Kashmir

BY JEFF JOSEPH PAUL KADICHEENI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |19/04/2017

When Mark Zuckerberg said “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket” he did not anticipate what Facebook’s new feature might trigger in a conflict situation,

 

The competing narratives on Kashmir

BY SHAHNAZ BASHIR| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |18/04/2017

The media are doing a grave disservice to the realities of Kashmir in the way they brazenly distort and misinform. It angers Kashmiris,

 

In Kashmir Internet ban frustrates media

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/04/2017

Journalists are forced to dictate or fax copy. Or beg, borrow and steal to get a connection.

 

Streaming videos inflame passions in Kashmir

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |09/04/2017

Youths posting videos of clashes and urging people to help militants escape presents a new problem for the security forces.

 

Kashmir: the by-elections you haven’t heard about

BY GEETA SESHU| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |07/04/2017

Given the rancorous mood in the Valley, the Srinagar and Anantnag by-elections have barely made news.

 

Who will protect the citizenry from the press?

BY A HOOT COMMENT| IN OPINION |25/03/2017

When ordinary citizens are defamed by two of the country’s biggest English newspapers, what recourse do they have?

 

Falsely implicated by a newspaper

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/03/2017

After 11 years in jail, Rafiq Shah asks the Hindustan Times why it swallowed the police version in the 2005 Delhi bombing.

 

Photo journalists in Kashmir roughed up

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |16/03/2017

Several photojournalists were beaten and threatened by uniformed men on Thursday afternoon.

 

Reporting of mass graves in J&K in the Indian press

BY BASEERA RAFIQI| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |11/02/2017

Research abstracts on the Hoot: A section of the media has consistently glossed over the fact of mass graves out of bias or a desire to protect the armed forces,

 

Kashmir Reader to hit the stands tomorrow

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/12/2016

The Kashmir daily which was served a ban order on October 2 this year by invoking section 144 CrPC, Section 3 of the Incitement of Offences Act and Section 10 of the Press and Publication Act, will finally resume publication tomorrow. The newspaper's ban over close to three months evoked little..

 

Kashmir: unrest gives push to digitisation

BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |22/12/2016

Faced with shrinking revenues, newspapers are going digital and journalists are striking out on their own with digital media start ups

 

Kashmir and India: parallel universes

BY HILAL MIR| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |17/11/2016

Rescind the NDTV ban but continue the six-week ban on Kashmir Reader. This discrepancy is just a small part of the differential treatment Kashmir journalists face.

 

The right person to give journalism awards?

BY SURAJKUMAR THUBE| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |05/11/2016

This crackdown on NDTV is a continuation of the media gagging prevalent in the Kashmir valley. But the issue gains more credence when it happens in Lutyens Delhi.

 

A quiet day at Kashmir Reader

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/10/2016

His paper banned for being a threat to ‘public tranquility’, a Kashmir Reader reporter reflects on recent events and what the paper stands for.

 

No bail for Tauseef

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/10/2016

A Kashmiri youth is lodged in a jail  in Durg, Chhattisgarh, since August 3, on charges of sedition for allegedly liking a Facebook post that made fun of India. He has been refused bail twice and on Oct 4 when it  came up again a judge of the High Court reserved his orders on Tauseef..

 

A fall-in-line order?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/10/2016

On Oct 2 the state government banned the Kashmir newspaper Kashmir Reader by invoking section 144 CrPC read with section 3 of the Newspapers incitement of Offences Act 1971 and section 10 of the  Press and Publication Act 1989. Why the ban? Says a reporter, "The government banned it because..

 

Kashmiri reporters caught in the crossfire

BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |21/09/2016

Scorned by Kashmiris for being state ‘agents’ and abused by the security forces for being ‘Hurriyat sympathisers’, the media are getting it in the neck.

 

War and peace: how the media covered the Uri attack

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/09/2016

TV and social media went to war. But newspapers and news portals brought sanity and balance to Indian media’s response to the Uri attack.

 

Arnab takes umbrage

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/09/2016

On Sunday separatist leaders in Kashmir snubbed  the efforts of five Opposition members of an all-party delegation that tried to to reach out to them. Arnab Goswami was so inflamed by the affront that his voice was shaking with indignation as he ranted about how Indian MPs had been humiliated by “Pakistani..

 

Why is Tauseef Bhat in jail?

BY GEETA SESHU| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |04/09/2016

He is a young Kashmiri man charged with sedition. His offence? Sharing a cartoon showing India being swept by a broom on Facebook.

 

Why is Tauseef Bhat in jail?

BY GEETA SESHU| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |04/09/2016

He is a young Kashmiri man charged with sedition. His offence? Sharing a cartoon showing India being swept by a broom on Facebook.

 

Snapping communication further in Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/08/2016

On August 13, two days before Independence  Day, the restrictions on communication tightened further in Kashmir. All broadband services were suspended in the evening, even those of BSNL. The print and digital media will be handicapped with the exception of Greater Kashmir which has V-Sat  connectivity.

 

More curbs in Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/08/2016

Newspapers in Kashmir are reporting that the government has ordered internet service providers  to block high speed internet services to newspapers and other institutions including hospitals ahead of Independence Day. Also the government has again blocked private mobile services and a very limited access is available to BSNL mobiles and..

 

Ammunition for the uncharitable

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/08/2016

“Indian journalists congratulate each other on Quetta Blast” apparently seeing it as a ‘serve them right’ response for Kashmir, reports a Pakistani newspaper. In both Pakistan and India, it seems, if you look for ammunition in support of uncharitable intent, you can find it!  Twitter  is always  there to oblige...

 

The sly media lies about Kashmir

BY SHAHNAZ BASHIR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/08/2016

Kashmir is portrayed with deliberate dishonesty. The purpose is to silence Kashmiris and keep the pro-India narrative going.

 

On journalism and patriotism

BY JYOTI MALHOTRA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/08/2016

Neither his employer nor other media veterans buy Arnab Goswami’s fulminations on what can or cannot be said about Kashmir.

 

The Kashmir the media does not report

BY Sumegha Gulati| IN ARCHIVE |30/07/2016

And then, I ran. Not because I wanted to shirk off my journalistic duties but because no story is worth a life.

 

Mutual distrust

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/07/2016

Even as Arnab Goswami hyperventilates about how criticism by fellow journalists of the handling of militants in Kashmir is anti-Indian, pro-Pakistan, and  pro-terrorist,  the joint resistance camp in Kashmir led by  Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik  has issued a statement urging people in the state..

 

Kashmir’s blackout means family anguish

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |27/07/2016

The mobile-internet blockade has left families in the dark about the well-being and whereabouts of their loved ones.

 

Pre censoring public protests

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/07/2016

It's not clear why a Kashmir-related protest should provoke the Bangalore police into placard and slogan pre-censorship but that is what happened as this detailed account shows. A group applied for permission to the police to hold a protest regarding the civilian killings in Kashmir and received  a questionnaire to be filled...

 

Lying about Kashmir with old videos

BY GOWHAR GEELANI| IN OPINION |22/07/2016

When channels air old footage to tarnish demonstrators, they act as partners of the army, spreading propaganda instead of the facts.

 

For Indian media, Kashmir is a minor story

BY SUSHIL KAMBAMPATI| IN MEDIA MONITORING |22/07/2016

The publishers that were analyzed included several English language daily newspapers, online news sites, one television channel and several wire services.

 

No newspapers in Kashmir till govt apologises?

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |20/07/2016

Government doublespeak angers the Kashmir press, as Mattoo claims CM did not know of the three-day ban.

 

Kashmir cut off: why internet bans are bad for democracy

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |20/07/2016

To muzzle the internet at the hint of trouble is to respond like paranoid dictatorships. More safeguards are needed in the law invoked,

 

The wily @rajnathsingh & the #Kashmir crisis

BY JYOTI MALHOTRA| IN OPINION |20/07/2016

When you are not a social media pro, you do your political fencing inside Parliament and post your speeches on YouTube. As Rajnath Singh and Ghulam Nabhi Azad did last week.

 

Facebook censoring posts about Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/07/2016

The Guardian reports  that Face-book is censoring posts on user accounts, posted about the crisis in Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani. It says “academics, journalists and the pages of local newspapers are among those who have had photos, videos and entire accounts deleted by Facebook.”    ..

 

Proxy war in cyberspace?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/07/2016

The central government's effort to counter the theory of  home grown militancy being behind the unrest in Kashmir by saying that Pakistan is waging a proxy war in the state,  is bolstered by a story  in the  Times of India,  attributed to the Ministry of information and broadcasting. This one says Pakistan..

 

Local media gagged, national news channels promoted

BY FAHAD SHAH| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |17/07/2016

It is routine for Delhi-based media houses to parachute journalists into Kashmir when there is a crisis, demonstrating mistrust of their local correspondents.

 

Kashmiris turn against media, local journalists affected

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/07/2016

Kashmiris react with fury to the dubious or false stories that some media outlets have been peddling during the current protests against Wani’s killing.

 

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..

 

Life and death in Kashmir, on social media?

BY JYOTI MALHOTRA| IN OPINION |10/07/2016 ?

How do you deal with the glamorisation of militancy, so completely different from the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism of the 1990s?

 

Mobile internet blocked in Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/07/2016

The government has suspended mobile internet services across Kashmir to prevent escalation of protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Mobile phone service has also been suspended in many parts of south Kashmir.  Wani was killed after serving as a militant for 6 years in Southern Kashmir's Kokernag..

 

Jammu-Kashmir’s moonlighting babus

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |20/06/2016

Three govt employees have been suspended. Will it now curb a practice that affects journalism in the state adversely?

 

Mufti Govt: turning on the press

BY THE HOOT| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |13/05/2016

The new government in Kashmir has begun badly where press freedom and free speech are concerned.

 

Get permission from a DC to post on WhatsApp!

BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/05/2016

Kashmir’s new curbs aim to stop false rumours spreading but they infringe the right to free speech and section 79 of the IT Act.

 

 

Handwara girl’s video: a hornet’s nest

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/04/2016

Her minor status raises a host of issues about the legality of her detention, the video, its leak, and the disclosure of her identity.

 

 

NIT Kashmir: local and national versions differ

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/04/2016

The national media whipped up emotions by carrying provocative stories. The Kashmir papers stuck to the facts.

 

Turmoil in Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/04/2016

The government has suspended internet services in North Kashmir after protests in Kupwara resulted in four people being killed there. There have also been attacks on journalists, with the Kashmir Reader reporting that  on Wednesday journalists were beaten  by police while covering the events there...

 

Kashmir’s cronyism means a news blackout

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |06/04/2016

Khyber Agro Farms is convicted for adulterating milk but the story is absent from the top papers

 

Failing to curb J&K’s bogus newspapers

BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |23/03/2016

A new advertisement policy is intended to tackle ‘litho’ papers but look closely and its loopholes will allow them to get through the net

 

Instagram blocks pix in Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/02/2016

 Are social media sites getting more hyper after the JNU incidents? A piece of graffiti in Srinagar yesterday, clicked by a photographer and posted on Instagram,  resulted in the latter removing the picture. It said "Kashmir hearts beats only for Pakistan" (sic),  the occasion being the Indo-Pak cricket match on..

 

The art of manufacturing nationalist outrage

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN OPINION |17/02/2016

Evidently the Times Group does not have a problem with the damage their anchor and channel can do.

 

Facebook’s censorship

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |14/02/2016

The social media giant removed a cartoon published in Kashmir on Afzhal Guru’s death anniversary.

 

Kashmir’s fake news and fake journalists

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |24/01/2016

The rumour about anti-polio drops killing Kashmiri children is the latest example of fake journalists misusing social media to spread lies.

 

Honour all without favour

BY GOWHAR FAROOQ| IN OPINION |27/11/2015

Do the Ramnath Goenka awards try to honour the excellence of journalists working for small publications and in small places or only those who belong to the elite?

 

Bridge across the LoC

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |09/09/2015

People on each side want to know about the other side. But there is a huge information and perception gap between the two parts of the divided state.

 

Journalists across border talk

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/08/2015

While the NSA talks may have been called off journalists of the two countries went ahead with their talks. Rising Kashmir reports that a delegation of 12 journalists from Kashmir attended a conference with journalists "from  other side of Kashmir" during a week long visit to Pakistan and PaK. A..

 

Between a rock and a hard place

BY GOWHAR GEELANI| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |27/07/2015

To be a journalist in Kashmir is to be prey to violence, suspicion, accused of taking sides and having to think of the consequences of every word.

 

Attacks in Kashmir - selective indignation?

BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/06/2015

Leading journalist Javid Malik was beaten up in the Valley. Journalists protested. Good.

 

Victory for Kashmir documentary

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN LAW AND POLICY |08/06/2015

Pankaj Butalia wins the right to screen the Textures of Loss without the Censor Board's cuts.

 

On, off, on....a Press Club for Kashmir

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |10/04/2015

Jammu has a press club, Srinagar does not. And the Srinagar building that Kashmiri journalists had hoped would be turned into a press club has gone to a government department.

 

Masarat Alam's release: different tunes

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/03/2015

The tone of the edits of most Delhi papers evoked nationalism, while the dailies published from J&K had a remarkably different pro-Sayeed, anti-Centre tone.

 

The J&K milestone

IN OPINION |05/03/2015

For once, the leaders captured the historic significance of the new PDP-BJP regime in Jammu & Kashmir.

 

Kashmir's bogus papers

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |16/02/2015

Known locally as 'litho' newspapers, these rags are purely devices to attract government advertising.

 

Moonlighting at Radio Kashmir

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |06/02/2015

Not only do these officials block job opportunities for educated unemployed youth, they also violate the service rules that prohibit a government employee from taking a"casual" second job,

 

With friends like these...

BY SN| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/12/2014

The caption of a photograph on the Indian Express' website to visualise the results of the recent elections in Jammu and Kashmir made for interesting reading. The caption ran, "Kashmiri supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shouts slogans at an election rally in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir." The picture was..

 

Haider: to depict or not to depict...

BY SANJAY PULIPAKA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/11/2014

...that is the question posed by Vishal Bhardwaj's film. Why is it that women are portrayed as marginal and Kashmiri Pandits have been neglected by film makers,

 

Using flood rescue for vested interests

BY FAHAD SHAH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/09/2014

The army's rescue operations in Jammu & Kashmir are being used as propaganda to bolster India's image.

 

Failing to get it right

BY Geeta Seshu| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/09/2014

The national media did not quite capture the calamity of the Kashmir floods in all its myriad aspects, human, social and political.

 

Working on the edge

BY NAZIR GANAIE| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |26/05/2014

In Kashmir it is killing and killing alone that make the five 'W's and one 'H' for journalists most of the times,

 

The Expulsion Of Kashmiri Students In Meerut: A Disgrace To Humanism

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/03/2014

An overflow of misplaced nationalism marked reactions to the reports of celebrations by some students,

 

Kashmiris side-step narrative control

BY Freny Manecksha| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |15/02/2014

Post 2004, Kashmiris have begun creatively engaging with technology to express their own narratives despite censorship,

 

Re-enacted 'encounter'

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |31/08/2013

The encounter between Army and militants in Kashmir's Ganderbal district occured in night, in absence of media crews. But 'on the spot' footage of the encounter by many Delhi-based news channels has come into question. A local news agency, CNS, reports that soon after the GOC Victor Force concluded his..

 

Kashmir connected again

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/02/2013

 

Media struck a discordant note

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/02/2013

The fatwa against girl band Pragaash was used to air stereotypes about Kashmiri society.

 

Look beyond Pragaash

BY Mir Ubaid| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |08/02/2013

Media coverage of the fracas over the Kashmiri girl band has eclipsed other serious violations of freedom of expression in the Valley,

 

Reporting Kashmir's summer of discontent

BY NUPUR BASU| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |18/12/2012

MAINSTREAM AMNESIA--- A three-part series on conflict and media on The Hoot. Part 1, Kashmir. Overall it is clear from the coverage that the media was donning it's familiar ambulance chaser hat while covering J&K, post Shopian,

 

Curbs on freedom of expression

BY GOWHAR FAROOQ| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |05/10/2012

Two years after SMS service was blocked in Kashmir, the government has now jammed Facebook, YouTube, and GPRS services.

 

Memory, imagination, and the camera

BY ARITRA BHATTACHARYA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/08/2012

Amir Bashir's Harud questions the process of image-making and serves as a counter-point to popular thinking on Kashmir.

 

Laws that render media defenseless in Kashmir:Part I

BY SHUJAAT BUKHARI| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |02/08/2012

Security-related laws like the Public Safety Act actually work against the media,

 

 

How can a government muzzle peoples' voices? Part II

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |04/08/2012

In case after case, the pattern is clear: arrest the journalist and let him languish in prison, effectively silencing him,

 

The narrative of the native

BY FAHAD SHAH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2012

Aamir Bashir's Harud is a landmark film for it lets the Kashmiris tell their own story.

 

Kashmir's government-dominated news culture

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |13/04/2012

As long as sub-editors cum government servants continue to rule Kashmir

 

Kashmir media: caught between 'rebels' and state

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/04/2012

Even as militant groups have been dictating terms to journalists on what to write, the State is not far behind in telling them what not to write.

 

A success story amid all odds

BY SHUJAAT BUKHARI| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |17/03/2012

Rising Kashmir has shown that mixing professionalism with a strong marketing strategy can lead to success even under abnormal circumstances.

 

Opportune advertising

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/03/2012

Kashmir's English daily Kashmir Monitor has become the first from the valley to go ahead and advertise itself in a big way. The daily's ad campaign is running on Neo Sports, which is also the host broadcaster of Asia Cup cricket being played in Bangladesh. "Well, that is what competition..

 

Answerable to the House?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/02/2012

On Monday (Feb 27), journalists in Jammu boycotted the assembly and protested against the J&K Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone's assertion that the media was answerable to the legislature. According to reports, the speaker said, “Everybody is answerable to this house” and later repeated " they (media) are under my control”..

 

Victims of 'baton rule'

BY ANEES ZARGAR| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |09/12/2011

Instead of ensuring the safety of media personnel, who have been at the receiving end of police highhandedness, some governments have been harping on a code of conduct for the former.

 

In Kashmir, journalists are easy targets

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |08/12/2011

So who is protecting journalists here? No one! They report from the world's most militarized zone and in return the conditions are made miserable for them.

 

Why does the J and K police assault journalists repeatedly?

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |28/11/2011

And why does Chief Minister Omar Abdullah refrain from condemning this assault on the freedom of the press?

 

When private is made public?BY Seetha| IN OPINION |17/09/2011

There is no public interest involved in the state of his marriage or love life. Whether or not he remains married, or remarries will have no impact on the way Jammu and Kashmir is governed.

 

Mr Fai’s hospitality

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2011

The Ghulam Nabi Fai controversy died an early death in the print media,

 

Perception and reality

BY pramod kumar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/07/2011

"Perception" is another tool which is frequently used by the media to denigrate a person or an idea and also as a force multiplier in furthering the negative aspects of a situation,

 

Media ironies in Pakistan administered Kashmir

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/07/2011

Pak administered Kashmir has newspapers but they lack coverage of the region. And when the mainstream Pak press covers Kashmir they are focused on the Indian side.

 

Kashmir cable

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/06/2011

Last week Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  said his government would not allow local cable channels to resume broadcasting news. “We are not going to allow local channels to broadcast news, not in the immediate future,” When asked about minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din’s reported remarks that he would resign if the channels..

 

The rotten smell of fear and helplessness

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |23/03/2011

The CRPF stops me. "Where do you think you’re going?" he asked. "Home," I said. "Where are you returning from?" he persisted. "Work."

 

"Journalists doing their jobs were beaten up and fired upon"

BY Dilnaz Boga| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |16/03/2011

The clampdown for more than seven months last year during the agitation in Kashmir severely restricted media freedom, but journalists keep finding different ways to break the silence.

 

Sms ban partially lifted, Kashmir’s sms news services remain down

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |04/01/2011

During the months of unrest people missed SMS news service as a new medium to update them. Run by aspiring journalists operating from their localities, they used students, shopkeepers, newspaper vendors and government employees as news gatherers.

 

Ladakh – media’s Gen-X

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |23/12/2010

"It is really essential that we build a Media Centre there and start training young people from Ladakh to become journalists."

 

The sedition case against Roy and Geelani: a case of the reluctant prosecution

BY Rakesh Shukla| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |02/12/2010

The directive of a Delhi metropolitan magistrate to police to file an FIR charging sedition against the writer and the Kashmiri separatist leader,

 

Tough going for media in Kashmir

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |26/11/2010

Accessing news sites has become an ordeal and gaining authentic information on the disturbances that break out,virtually impossible. Greater Kashmir and Rising Kashmir have become targets of selective ad placements and restrictions on movement,

 

Differing on Kashmir

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/10/2010

There are in house divisions over Kashmir, judging by the debates on TV channels. On October 26 while Junior Jethmalani sat in a TV studio saying powerful authors cannot use their pen to write seditious stuff...Senior Jethmalani was busy in another studio flying in the face of what his son and the..

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --IV

BY Subarno Chattarji| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |09/09/2010

More than Kashmir Times published from Jammu, commentary in Greater Kashmir highlighted the alienation – economic, physical, and psychological – fostered by the blockade and the fact that it was directly antithetical to India’s claim to the Valley,

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --III

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/09/2010

Comments and editorials that followed the Amarnath land allocation dispute revealed a desire for communal harmony and a need for calm deliberation rather than rabble rousing.

 

Reporting in times of communal strife --II

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/09/2010

Media narratives: Jammu versus Kashmir. The Dainik Jagran published from Jammu took it upon itself in the summer of 2008 to give voice to Jammu’s anger, anguish and sense of discrimination.

 

Reporting in times of communal strife

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/08/2010

Two years after Amarnath erupted and caused a lasting schism between Jammu and Kashmir, The Hoot looks at the role played by the media in the state. Did they rise above the strife or did they opt to cater to their home constituencies?

 

e-rebellion in Kashmir

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/08/2010

When citizens are under curfews, bans on television channels and curbs on newspaper distribution, they turn to cybermedia and even street graffiti

 

That tell tale intercept

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/07/2010

On July 8, 2010 many Delhi based news channels went to town with an intercept of a conversation between a Hurriyat (Geelani) leader and an activist of the same faction. Was the translation of the conversation in Kashmiri accurate? Here are two versions

 

 

Words and their meanings

BY KALPANA SHARMA| IN OPINION |08/07/2010

The language used to describe those who protest in Kashmir is not just a matter of semantics. It is important because it places what is happening within a context,

 

Framing Kashmir’s turmoil

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/07/2010

Starting with this account you find that those reporting tend to settle into one of two focuses: dying youth or stoning youth.

 

Shopian: Rumors and leaks - Part II

BY Parvaiz Bukhari| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/10/2009

A close examination of the contents of the letter…clearly indicates that it was written with an intention of misdirecting the investigation, with PTI playing along,

 

Shopian: Rumors and leaks - Part 1

BY Parvaiz Bukhari| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/10/2009

The Majlis-e-Mashawarat (MM), fear that the information leaks to PTI"at selective intervals" in the course of the CBI investigation are aimed at advancing"a suitable truth" about the case.

 

Reporting Kashmir's summer of discontent

BY NUPUR BASU| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/09/2009

MAINSTREAM AMNESIA--- A three-part series on conflict and media on The Hoot. Part 1, Kashmir. Overall it is clear from the coverage that the media was donning it's familiar ambulance chaser hat while covering J&K, post Shopian,

 

Kashmir cable restrictions: No let up after two months

BY PEERZADA ARSHAD HAMID| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/08/2009

"As a deputy Commissioner of Srinagar city I am committed to a free press but press too have some responsibilities."

 

Cable censorship in Kashmir continues

BY PEERZADA ARSHAD HAMID| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/07/2009

So far no cable TV owner has approached the government seeking lifting of the 15 minute daily limit on the telecast of news.

 

Local Cable TV becomes a victim of Shopian unrest

BY PEERZADA ARSHAD HAMID| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |17/06/2009

Prior to imposing curbs, the owners and editors of Cable TV channels in Kashmir were summoned by the authorities and threatened that they had better "behave properly".

 

Reporting Kashmir: a problem of versions

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2009

Three newspapers published from Delhi and one TV channel make a telling case study of how those who are reporting the alleged rape in Shopian project very different versions.

 

New voices of the Valley

BY Afsana Rashid| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2009

With changing times and the burgeoning media landscape, women journalists in Kashmir are finally coming into their own.

 

Kashmir restrictions

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/06/2009

After several days of unfettered coverage of the unrest sparked by the alleged murder and rape of two young women in Shopian, the Jammu and Kashmir government on June 6 issued a directive to local cable channels to restrict their news bulletins to 15 minutes. ..

 

Shooting the messenger

BY Naseer A Ganai| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |05/06/2009

If the media is reporting the misuse of force by the state government against protesters is it unprofessional?

 

Manufacturing Consent

BY Naseer A Ganai| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/05/2009

If the participation of the people in the J&K assembly elections was a vote for India why is the non-participation this time being attributed to broken promises as reported by Greater Kashmir, poll fatigue as reported by the Himalayan Mail, lack of ..

 

A poll boycott that is not news

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/05/2009

Kashmir remains alienated despite the substantial turnout in the assembly elections last year, but the national press has no space for that story.

 

When media came under attack in Kashmir

BY Muzamil Jameel| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |03/09/2008

During the present government clampdown, for the first time in Kashmir’s history, newspapers could not go to print for seven consecutive days.

 

One-sided coverage

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |31/08/2008

In spite of the massive coverage in recent times, the point of view of the Kashmiris hasn’t found a voice in the media.

 

New media tries to capture ‘reality’ in Jammu & Kashmir

BY Jyoti Malhotra| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |30/08/2008

YouTube and Google videos have become a favourite space for hundreds of videos and the Internet, blogs and SMS are being imaginatively used by people on both sides of the communal divide.

 

No shrill blame game in the media

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/08/2008

Overall, the Indian media did not buy the thesis that the ISI was behind the chronic unrest in Kashmir, and Pakistan’s press was too preoccupied with the country’s internal woes to focus much on Kashmir.

 

 

No right to information for J & K

BY zafar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/10/2006

Neither the State act passed in January 2004 nor the Central act are being implemented in J & K, almost three years down the line.

 

The Balochistan coverage Part III

BY subarno| IN MEDIA MONITORING |03/10/2006

Kashmir represents the most obvious echo of Balochistan but in all the moral tub thumping it was seldom mentioned in the Indian media.

 

Inordinate interest in Balochistan—Part I

BY subarno c| IN MEDIA MONITORING |30/09/2006

Media responses in India on Nawab Bugti’s death reflected India’s sense that Pakistan was being hoist on its own petard in Balochistan.

 

DD loses to PTV in Jammu and Kashmir

BY Zafar Choudhary| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |28/09/2006

Poor terrestrial visibility of Doordarshan in the rural areas and blithe disregard of DD channels by cable operators, gives PTV the edge.

 

Hopelessly out of date

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |13/09/2006

Jammu and Kashmir’s web presence reflects the complete failure of the official state information mechanism

 

"The IB uses reporters to plant stories"

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |14/07/2005

Ifthikar Geelani was falsely accused of espionage and jailed. What followed was a media-led witch hunt and a Kafkaesque trial, as he reveals in this interview with N P Chekkutty.

 

Killed in the Valley

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/04/2004

Asiya Jeelani, a young journalist working with a human rights monitoring group in Srinagar, was killed on April 20 when a landmine blew up her taxi.

 

Letter to the Hoot: Donøt resort to character assassination

IN OPINION |30/05/2003

If you are honest, put your team to investigate the charges which have been slapped on Moihuddin Bhatt.

 

The life and times of a seized scribe

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/05/2003

 

Iftikhar Gilani: No safeguards in the Official Secrets Act

BY mannika| IN LAW AND POLICY |03/01/2003

 

Gilani comes home

BY joshi| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |14/01/2003

The Kashmir Times journalist describes what the past seven months inside jail have been like.

 

Denying Ads

BY ninan| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/03/2003

The Kashmir Observer has protested that the Jammu and Kashmir State government has stopped giving it advertising and has delayed payments for ads already carried. The editor and publisher is the son-in-law of an All Party Hurriyat Conference leader.

 

Iftikhar Gilani: No safeguards in the Official Secrets Act

BY mannika| IN LAW AND POLICY |03/01/2003

 

Kashmir, Human Rights And The Indian Press

IN BOOKS |08/09/2002

 

Kashmir: the view from Kathmandu

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2002

 

Journalists¿ Appeal To The Authorities In The Iftikhar Gilani Case

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |01/09/2002

 

Mushroom Growth Of Newspapers In Kashmir

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/08/2002

 

Targeted in Kashmir

BY Kausar Bukhari| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/05/2002

 

STD/Internet ban in Kashmir in its fourth month

BY Kausar Bukhari| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |19/04/2002

 

KASHMIR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE INDIAN PRESS

BY Teresa Joseph| IN BOOKS |13/04/2002

 

Between the devil and the deep sea

IN OPINION |01/01/1900

 

 

 

 

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