The present restrictions and clampdown on the media is comparable to that in the early 90s, executive editor of Kashmir Times Anuradha Bhasin said. The Supreme Court, on Friday, refrained from giving any ruling on her plea challenging the restrictions imposed on journalists in Jammu and Kashmir recommending a “wait-and-watch” policy.
Ms. Bhasin was speaking during a press interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Corps on Saturday.
She said Kashmir had seen human rights violations, partial or complete ban on Internet and mobile connectivity, but this was the first time since the early 1990s when the fixed line phones too had stopped working and the mobility of journalists had been completely affected.
“This is the first time in 30 years that I have no information of what is happening in the Valley or parts of Jammu directly from our reporters. We are relying on the information being published in Delhi papers or the international press,” Ms. Bhasin said.
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