Throttling the press in J&K

Throttling the press in J&K

By: Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami By denying the media freedom, the government is building its own narrative and providing space for fake news A major casualty of the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, has been press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). This has led to the problem of disinformation and is causing great anxiety in the region. The feeling of alienation in the Kashmir Valley is inimical to the national interest besides the interests of Kashmiris. Historically, the press in J&K used to highlight democratic, anti-feudal and…

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Black Witchcraft

Black Witchcraft

“Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch “ By: Wani Farheen Aslam Entire manner of Jealousy by which nowadays, people ensue to grieve others. We prevail presently at that aspect where we can’t syndicate any individual. What those peoples bring who enact these black witchcraft activities. Exists because peoples cannot acquire their victory, elegance or they are covetous Why they possess this abundant acreage, why a person is accumulating successfully. Instantly, we retain a glimpsed bunch of posts heeding black witchcraft how horrible this black witchcraft…

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Strife, Stress, Spirituality: Kashmir in Grip of ‘Infertility Epidemic’

Strife, Stress, Spirituality - Kashmir in Grip of ‘Infertility Epidemic’

A noted medic’s recent revelation on the alarming rate of infertility cases in Kashmir has created fresh concerns with patients and doctors painting the dismal picture of the critical health situation. By – Zaid Bin Shabir Haunting darkness wrapped the old-fashioned lawns of the Shah House in Srinagar when a dreadful knock on the door raised an alarm. The clock was yet to turn past 6 pm, but the last night’s melodrama and the vicious verbal abuse were still pounding Shahana’s, restless heart. Like a recluse waiting for her proportion…

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Kashmir: The world’s most misunderstood conflict

Kashmir : The world’s most misunderstood conflict

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai According to expert consensus, Kashmir is the most dangerous place on the planet today because it could trigger nuclear volleys between India and Pakistan. It has sparked two wars between the two South Asian rivals in the past. Thus, this is no time for complacency or aloofness for the world powers. It should seek mediation of the disputed territory (so listed by the United Nations), appoint a special envoy on Kashmir, insist that the genuine political voice of the Kashmiri people be a full partner in…

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Raid, Summon, Censor: Crackdown on Journalists is the New Normal in Kashmir

Raid, Summon, Censor: Crackdown on Journalists is the New Normal in Kashmir

New policy and policing methods combined with various prohibitive action has made journalism a particularly difficult profession to have in Kashmir. Junaid Kathju The raid at the residences of four Kashmiri journalists in the wee hours of September 9 might be seen as a jolt to the fourth pillar of democracy elsewhere in the world. In a conflict-torn Kashmir, however, it is the new normal that the journalistic fraternity is facing after the government of India took direct control of the former state, following the reading down of its special status on…

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How Social Media ‘Clowns’ are degrading Journalism in Kashmir

How Social Media ‘Clowns’ are degrading Journalism in Kashmir

With the arrest of a social media ‘journalist’ in a sensational con case, the debate has once again started how some mike-men and Facebook page admins are bringing disrepute to the media profession. By – Auqib Javeed ON August 27, 2021, Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested Imran Ahmad Ganie, aka Shahid Imran, the self-styled “editor-in-chief” of the Facebook page—Kashmir Crown—in a case of fraud and extortion. The online shrill over the scam tried to cast the shadow over the entire tribe, forcing some senior scribes to counter the kneejerk reaction:…

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How Will Taliban Victory Impact Kashmir

How Will Taliban Victory Impact Kashmir

By Mohammad Tahir The official data indicates that not many Afghans had entered the Kashmir insurgency in the early 1990s. Data on foreign militants who have been arrested or killed during the years when the Taliban was ruling Afghanistan (1996-2001) is hard to come by. The South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP) website used to feature a separate dataset on foreign militants in Kashmir, but that information is no longer available on the website, for unknown reasons. Most commentators and analysts, therefore, have been using quantifiers instead of specifying the exact…

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Is Social Media Journalism in Kashmir a Pernicious Progress?

Is Social Media Journalism in Kashmir a Pernicious Progress?

By Ummar Jamal On Saturday soon after police arrested Ashiq Mir, one of the associates of Shahid Imran, running a social media page –Kashmir Crown—in connection with a case of exhortation under section 383 of IPC, social media journalism became the recent talk of the street. Social media journalism was targeted for inauthenticity and unreliability. Journalists associated with print and television media voiced that social media journalism had degraded the prestige of journalism. They exclaimed that nowadays every Tom, Dick, and Harry buy a mic and put on an identity…

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Hope: Keeps You Alive

Hope - Keeps You Alive

By – Aubaid Ahmed Akhoon “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise, you begin excusing yourself “ (Margaret Atwood) Change is the law of nature and for the last two years every aspect of life has been affected by Covid 19, but if we put aside the negative effects and consider the positive ones, we will see many positive aspects such as…

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Kashmir’s Descent into Drugs & Criminalization

Kashmir’s Descent into Drugs & Criminalization

Javed Beigh Recently, Kashmir valley was rocked by two disturbing news. The first one was related to the news of a 10-year-old Kashmiri boy being brought by his father to a drug de-addiction center in Srinagar for heroin abuse, which was alarming given heroin is an expensive and highly intoxicating, and dangerous drug. And for a 10-year-old child to be using it, shows that Kashmir’s drug addiction problem has reached a critical threshold, wherein a substantial youth population of Kashmir valley is not just dealing with a mere drug addiction…

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