CPI findings on press freedom in Kashmir A revealing indictment against the J&K administration: NC

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference said on Monday that the findings of the Indian Press Council (PCI) Committee of Inquiry (FFC) into press freedom in Kashmir are a telling accusation of how the incumbent administration handles the press, saying the report confirmed JKNC’s view.

Appreciating the findings of the FFC, the Party’s chief spokesman, Tanvir Sadiq, said the report laid bare how the news media in the Jammu and Kashmir region, and particularly in the valley, were slowly stifled, mainly due to severe restrictions imposed by the local administration.

“For all these years, we have recorded our concern over the growing restrictions on press freedom in Kashmir. The FCC findings exposed the J&K administration’s handling of the press. The silence of voices critical of the administration describes the new normal in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the valley. Gags have monopolized the flow of information in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Tanvir said the imposition of restrictions on the media and the press fraternity, both implicitly and explicitly, caused various local dailies to stop covering various issues of public importance in order to refrain from offending the public. authorities. “The press fraternity in Kashmir is the victim due to executive apathy and the inherent pressure associated with reporting in a conflict situation. It is indeed a tightrope for our journalist friends,” he added.

The FFC has done a commendable job of showing government a mirror, he said, adding: ‘We in our party hope these findings will put liberal and democratic forces across the country in the picture of the realities. of land from J&K.”

He implored the CPI to pressure the government to release all confined journalists and work to create an enabling environment where the press can work freely and fairly.

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