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Restore internet, communications in Kashmir: US media watchdog urges India

The Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement expressed alarm over communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Army personnel stand guard during restrictions, in Jammu, Monday, Aug 05, 2019 (Photo: PTI)
Army personnel stand guard during restrictions, in Jammu, Monday, Aug 05, 2019 (Photo: PTI)

A US-based media watchdog has urged India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir, which were suspended in the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

Kashmir remained on the edge as authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas, suspended mobile Internet services and either "arrested" or "detained" several leaders in fast-paced developments on Sunday night.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement expressed alarm over communication blackout in  
 

The Indian government on Monday revoked which gave special status to Rajya Sabha approved the resolution abrogating and a Bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state.

"A large-scale communication disruption at such a crucial time for Kashmir is an egregious violation of citizens' rights to information from a free press," said Aliya Iftikhar, senior researcher for CPJ's Asia programme. 
 

The telecommunication blackout is related to the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure on Monday across Srinagar, which prohibits an assembly of more than four persons in an area.

"We call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration to guarantee that all communication blocks in Kashmir are lifted and that journalists are able to report freely. Communication blocks have no place in a democracy," Iftikhar said.  

First Published: Tue, August 06 2019. 10:25 IST
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