Aasif Sultan

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CPJ, nearly 400 journalists & civil society members call for release of imprisoned Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 397 writers, journalists, academics, press freedom advocates, and civil society members to urge Prime Minister Modi to immediately release Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been imprisoned for two years.

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Indian paramilitary soldiers use their cellphones in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on October 14, 2019 after the partial lifting of a communications lockdown in place since India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy in August. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter

On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the month, Indian police had arrested the…

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Indian security personnel stop people during restrictions in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state, on August 5, 2019. Indian authorities that day blocked the internet and communications networks in the region. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

CPJ calls on India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir

New York, August 5, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at reports of a communication blackout and the arrest of a journalist in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state amid an escalating political crisis.

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Journalist Aasif Sultan is seen outside Saddar Court in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on September 8, 2018. (Photo by Muzamil Mattoo)

CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to drop charges against journalist

New York, February 7, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jammu and Kashmir police to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist Aasif Sultan and release him from jail after local news outlets reported that formal charges were filed against him today.

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CPJ calls on Jammu and Kashmir governor to release journalist Aasif Sultan

CPJ calls on the governor of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state to release journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been held by state police since August 2018, and drop all legal proceedings against him.

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A man rides his bicycle in Srinagar past a poster of Burhan Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group who was killed in 2016. Kashmiri authorities arrested and questioned a journalist after he wrote a cover story on the commander. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

CPJ calls on Indian police to release journalist in Kashmir

Washington, D.C., September 1, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the ongoing detention and interrogation of Kashmir-based journalist Aasif Sultan, who police picked up at his home in Srinagar on August 27, according to news reports.

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