Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based media watchdog, has expressed serious concern over the victimization of Kashmiri journalists by the Indian authorities in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The CPJ in a statement posted on its website asked the Indian authorities to stop prosecuting the staff and contributors of Srinagar-based news portal ‘The Kashmir Walla’ for their work. The State Investigation Agency in IIOJK arrested Abdul Aala Fazili, a former contributor to The Kashmir Walla, on Sunday, in relation to a November 2011 opinion article. The SIA and Indian police also raided The Kashmir Walla office, the home of its editor Fahad Shah – who was under illegal detention since March – and Fazili’s home, seizing electronic devices including laptops. —KMS