‘Stopping foreign media from reporting in Kashmir undemocratic gesture’
SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday termed the amendment to the PSA – under which the detainees are shifted to jails outside state – as “anti-human” and against the basic principles of humanity.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement expressed strong concern and resentment over the amendment saying it reflects the “revenge mentality” against the political prisoners.
“The amendment to draconian PSA is aimed at further instilling fear among people among the families of prisoners and to build pressure on people of Kashmir to force them into submission,” he said.
He said scores of Kashmiri political prisoners have already been shifted to jails outside state and the new law is aimed at shifting the remaining prisoners which is against the Supreme Court of India ruling that says prisoners facing trial be lodged in jails closer to their homes.
Dozens of prisoners lodged in outside prisons including Delhi’s Tihar jail are deprived of basic medical facilities and are lodged with criminals which poses a big threat to their lives, he said.
“The people of Kashmir are already suffering on every front due to unbridled powers given to lakhs of forces to unleash terror on common masses and now amendment to PSA seems another move to strengthen that repress,” he added.
The spokesperson castigated New Delhi for imposing “arbitrary censorship” and disallowing foreign journalists from visiting Jammu and Kashmir saying the move reflects Delhi’s desperation to keep away foreign media from reporting the truth about the ground realities of Kashmir “especially the worst state repression being unleashed on people”.
The move to stop foreign media from visiting and reporting Kashmir amounts to direct assault on the freedom of press and the international media should take note of it and protest this “undemocratic” gesture, he said.
“Kashmir is the only place where foreign media is prevented from reporting the events at a time when human rights violations are at an all time high,” the spokesperson said. “But in today’s age of technology and mass media, people across globe are well aware of the day-to-day happenings in Kashmir.”