SRINAGAR: Instagram removed on Sunday Kashmir Reader photographer Faisal Khan’s image of a pro-Pakistan slogan on a wall in old city, days after Facebook blocked the account of noted Kashmiri cartoonist Mir Suhail for a cartoon on Afzal Guru anniversary and removing Bengali poet Kabir Suman post praising Afzal in a poem.
The slogan, which reads ‘Kashmir herts beats only for Pakistan (sic)’, had been painted on the wall in Nowhatta hours before an India-Pakistan cricket match in Bangladesh.
Khan had shared the picture on Instagram, a photo and video sharing social networking site.
“In the night I received a message from the Instagram saying that ‘we have removed your post because it does not follow community guidelines,’” Khan said, adding that his photo had been shared on Twitter and Facebook besides Instagram.
Recently, Facebook, which owns Instagram, blocked the page of noted Kashmiri cartoonist Mir Suhail for drawing a cartoon that showed roots growing out of Afzal’s grave in Tihar Jail and touching the roots of a giant tree named ‘Kashmir’. (Read: Facebook strangles cartoon, freedom of expression)
Another user, Bilal Majid, also claimed that Facebook had removed pictures of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat from his account.
In another such instance, Facebook had blocked legendary Bengali musician and former Member of Parliament Kabir Suman’s page for mentioning Afzal Guru’s name in a song extolling Kashmiri freedom struggle.
In his song, Suman has mentioned Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri businessman whose controversial hanging in 2013 has earned India and its judiciary opprobrium. Not only was not Afzal’s family informed about his hanging, his body was also buried in Tihar Jail and not handed over to his kin.
Instagram did not reply to an email from Kashmir Reader.
An Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, 20, sparked outrage by posting a photograph appearing to show the back of a Palestinian boy’s head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle on Instagram in February 2013. Instagram had not removed the offensive picture. However, Ostrovski, closed his Instagram account, and told the army he did not take the picture but found it on the internet.