APHC decries continued targeting of media in Kashmir

Srinagar: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has expressed great dismay at the continued targeting of journalists and media organizations in IIOJK by the Indian authorities, as the website of The Kashmir Walla, an independent news outlet, was blocked and its office closed down recently.

The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said that press freedom has been completely eroded in Jammu Kashmir. Local newspapers and outlets are coerced and intimidated to become state mouthpieces.

APHC said that even its press statements are not published anymore by local newspapers and outlets.

APHC said that what is alarming is that the archives of local news websites have disappeared. Articles and news items from these websites have been erased and deleted which is unbelievable! Such high handedness is being completely ignored by the mainstream press and media in India and elsewhere too in world press it is hardly highlighted.

The APHC appealed to the defenders of free press in India and outside to take up this issue urgently to help restore the sanctity and freedom of press in J&K. It also asked for prevention of persecution and harassment of journalists and demanded the release of detained journalists.

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