In statements e-mailed to CPJ, the Kashmir Press Association, the Press Guild of Kashmir, the Kashmir Journalists Corps the Press Photographers, and the Video Journalists Association have complained that a government-imposed curfew has kept their staff from covering the situation.
In a message sent on Thursday, the
Press Guild of Kashmir said the government has “virtually banned the
local media but was extending all facilities to media persons coming from
The BBC reported that one of its BBC Urdu service journalists, Riaz Masroor, was stopped and beaten by police as he was going to collect his curfew pass on Friday. He suffered a fractured arm, the BBC said.
“It is illogical to restrict the movement of some journalists
and not others,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s
In a joint message today, the groups said the government’s claims that it had eased the restrictions were “eyewash” and that only some editors, but not field reporters, had been allowed to move during curfew hours. The groups said that many of the area’s more than 60 newspapers decided to suspend publication because of the small number of curfew passes issued to staff and continued attacks on media, a claim substantiated by the BBC and other reports.
Local and international media reports say thousands of
police officers and troops from the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force
have been deployed across the summer capital Srinagar city to enforce the
curfew and restrict movement in and around the city. The
Associated Press reported today that thousands of people defied a curfew
across Indian-controlled Kashmir to pray in small mosques and in open fields,