India drops down on World Press Freedom Index

India drops down on World Press Freedom Index

London:  India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released on Thursday, with the lead up to the ongoing Indian general elections flagged as a particularly dangerous time for journalists. The World Press Freedom Index 2019′, topped […]

Geelani condemns economic crackdown on media

Geelani condemns economic crackdown on media

Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday condemned the economic crackdown on media, and said that for the past many decades, every individual of this nation and its every institution is paying a heavy price for the historical blunders of its myopic and self-centred political stalwarts. “Throttling and curbing the media houses […]

For first time, journalists barred from covering elections in Kashmir

For first time, journalists barred from covering elections in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Under the garb of holding peaceful municipal elections, police and polling staff at many polling stations have imposed restrictions on journalists to prevent reporting of the conduct of elections. The restrictions, which have been put in place without any written order, have prevented journalists from gathering details of voting figures, identifying polling booths, and […]

KJA condemns ‘media gag, assault’ on journalists

KJA condemns ‘media gag, assault’ on journalists

Srinagar: Kashmir Journalist Association (KJA) has expressed concern over the ‘assault and curbs’ on the movement of journalists in Kashmir. A KJA spokesperson in a statement said the two recent instances including curbing entry to journalists in polling stations and from covering funeral of militant Mannan Wani “explicitly demonstrate the government’s clampdown on media in […]

Media under attack, says JKPA

Media under attack, says JKPA

Urges govt to stop ‘witch-hunt’ of journalists SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Press Association (JKPA) on Wednesday said media has come under attack as “has become manifestly clear after picking up some journalists regardless of the fact that they are engaged in the discharge of their professional obligations”. “This has established (the fact) that authorities are […]

Press freedom situation worsening in India: RSF

Press freedom situation worsening in India: RSF

Modi hostile to media, Kashmir turning into news black hole Paris: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concern about press freedom in India and urged the prime minister to protect journalists and their work “instead of disparaging them”. The RSF statement came after the BJP’s latest election victory in the small northeastern state of Tripura, […]

Court reserves order on The Wire’s plea against gag order

Court reserves order on The Wire’s plea against gag order

AHMEDABAD: An Ahmedabad court on Sunday concluded the hearing on a petition filed by news portal The Wire against a gag order in connection with a civil defamation suit filed by Jay Shah, son of BJP chief Amit Shah. Additional Senior Civil Judge B K Dasondi said the order may be passed on December 23. […]

The Unfazed Mission of Truth Telling

The Unfazed Mission of Truth Telling

On the 2nd of October, 2016, almost at the height of the intense uprising and mass protests, Kashmir Reader was summarily banned by the Government. The ban was peremptory and brusque and the reason(s) flimsy and cooked to suit those who probably felt and deemed that the newspaper was against their preferred narrative. The fact […]

On the Ban on Journalists

On the Ban on Journalists

Against the backdrop of an altercation between a doctor and a journalist in the premises of the SMHS, the principal of the Government Medical College(GMC), Kashmir, has banned the entry of journalists in hospitals. There is a caveat here: journalists can enter hospital premises only after seeking permission from Medical Superintendents of hospitals. In effect, […]

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