Journalists attacked in Kashmir while covering elections

first_imgNews In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on India Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on journalists in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir during coverage of parliamentary elections that are taking in stages from 7 April to 12 May.Sheikh Inayet, a local correspondent for Times Now TV, and Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, a reporter for the Sharherbeen Times, were covering a local party’s election meeting in Bandipora on 19 April when they were attacked and badly injured by members of the elite Special Operations Group (SOG), as well as police officers and reservists.Javed Dar, a photo-journalist working for Xinhua News, was attacked and injured by police in the town of Kulgam on 24 April, while the windows of the car of the journalist accompanying him, Farooq Javed Khan, were smashed.Shabnam Fayz of Munsif TV and Aadil Umar Shah of Voice TV had to be hospitalized after being beaten by police while covering protests in Pulwama, a town to the west of Srinagar, on 24 April.“We call on the central government to shed light on these attacks and to do what is necessary to arrest and punish those responsible,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The Kashmiri authorities must stop obstructing the work of journalists and stop controlling the flow of information in the region.“In view of the electoral tension in Kashmir, it is vital that the authorities encourage a transparent election and allow a democratic debate. Kashmir must cease to be a lawless region in which journalists keep on having to expose themselves to danger.”Inayet told Reporters Without Borders: “We were surrounded by a score of police officers who began to beat us with their gun butts and canes as soon as they heard that we were Times Now journalists. They also took our cameras and damaged them.”Bhat said: “The police beat us unconscious. My back and arm were badly injured and I am unable to do my regular work.”Srinagar journalists staged a sit-in on 3 April in protest against the low number of press accreditations issued by the authorities, which restricted coverage of the candidate registration process.India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts News March 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img June 10, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific April 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists attacked in Kashmir while covering elections RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en News IndiaAsia – Pacific to go furtherlast_img read more

Website editor Ali Anouzla released provisionally

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance October 25, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor Ali Anouzla released provisionally News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Reporters Without Borders is relieved by news website editor Ali Anouzla’s provisional release today after more than five weeks in detention and calls for the withdrawal of all the charges against him.Anouzla was freed shortly after midday after the provisional release request filed by his lawyer, Hassan Semlali, on 22 October, was approved by a Rabat investigating judge two days before the deadline for issuing a ruling.Expressing delight at Anouzla’s release, Semlali told Reporters Without Borders: “Ali should not have spent a single minute in prison. He is an independent journalist who fights constantly for human rights.”Anouzla was arrested on 17 September for posting an article that contained a link to a video posted by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). He is still facing a possible sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison on charges of providing “material assistance” to a terrorist group, “defending terrorism” and “inciting the execution of terrorist acts.” His next appearance before the judge has been set for 30 October.Anouzla edits the Arabic-language version of the news website Access to both Arabic and French-language versions have been blocked in Morocco since 17 October. Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Receive email alerts Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more