ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Throttling Freedom in Kashmir

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the imposition of curfew accompanied by a blanket gag on all media, including television, print and online, in the Kashmir Valley following the hanging of Afzal Guru on 9 February.

On 9 February, Kashmir Valley was placed under a pre-emptive curfew forcing people to stay locked inside their houses. Satellite and cable TV, internet and even mobile sms had been blacked out in the Valley. On the night of 9 February, the police also stopped the publication and distribution of all newspapers. This continued for four days. The authorities did not allow copy to reach the press. Police teams visited various printing presses of daily newspapers and asked the managements to stop publishing. With internet services withdrawn, online editions too could not get updated on time.

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