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U.S. media watchdog demands release of Kashmiris journalist

Indian officials have arrested 28-year-old journalist and media student Sajad Gul for opposition to criminal plots and national integration.

Journalists have expressed concern about police harassment, which has effectively restricted coverage after India revoked Kashmir’s semi-autonomy in 2019. (AP)

The Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York, has urged Indian authorities to immediately release journalist Sajad Gull in disputed Kashmir.

Media Watchdog said on Twitter Friday that he was “terribly confused” by the arrest of 28-year-old journalist and media student Gull.

A few days after police arrested him for uploading a video clip of a protest against Indian rule, it asked Indian authorities to “stop their investigations related to his journalism work.”

According to his family, Indian soldiers picked up Gull from his home in northeastern Shahgund village on Wednesday night and later handed it over to police.

Initially, police said he would be released, but on Friday his family was told that a formal proceeding was filed against Gull for opposition to criminal plots and national integration.

“He was said to have been booked and was not allowed to meet him,” Gull’s brother Javed Ahmad told Anadolu Agency.

If convicted, he faces life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

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Freedom of the press

Gull worked as a trainee reporter for Kashmirwara, the source of online news, and had a master’s degree in journalism from Kashmir University.

“I had posted a video protesting the murder of radical commander Salim Parley,” Kashmir Walla said before his arrest.

Fahad Shah, editor-in-chief of Kashmir Walla, accused Gull of his arrest and tweeted that “the legal team is working for his earliest release.”

Journalists have expressed increasing concern about police harassment and intimidation, which has effectively restricted coverage after India revoked Kashmir’s semi-autonomy and split the region into two federal territories in 2019. I am.

The Kashmir Press Club, a group of journalists elected in the region, said security agencies are using physical attacks, intimidation and summons to stab the media into the muzzle, allowing the Indian government to report freely. I repeatedly requested.

Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated Himalayan region, is partially dominated by India and Pakistan and is fully claimed by both. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

This region is one of the most militarized regions in the world. Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government troops were killed in the conflict.

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