The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) in Srinagar on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the "unprecedented communication blockade" in the valley and criticized the authorities for allegedly asking some senior journalists to leave their government accommodation.
The KPC also described the action as "harassment aimed at forcing journalists to follow a particular line."
Denouncing the restrictions imposed on the media and journalists, the press club executive committee said at a meeting that due to the "unprecedented communication blockade" that affects mobile telephony, Internet and landlines, journalists have been "paralyzed," incapacitating them overwhelmingly to inform about the situation of the land. " .
"Since the communication blockade was imposed in the region on August 5, the club discussed the issue with government authorities on several occasions, urging them to restore mobile phones, Internet and landlines for journalists and media, including newspapers , and also the club itself, ”he said.
"But all these efforts have proven to be useless since these services have not been restored to journalists to date," the KPC said in a statement.
At present, he said that hundreds of journalists, both local and visitors and media workers, are forced to wait in line for their turn to present the tasks at the makeshift media facilitation center here.
"The center is equipped with only five computers and a low-speed Internet connection," the statement said.
Despite repeated reminders from the press club, the information and public relations department has not attempted to improve services, including open access to WiFi for journalists in the center until Internet and telephone facilities are restored in the Valley , said the KPC.
"The Kashmir Press Club requires the government to restore Internet and telephone facilities to journalists and the media," the statement said.
“The executive committee meeting also expressed great concern about the harassment of Kashmir journalists and the pressure tactics adopted by the government.
"It is noted with concern that at least three high-ranking journalists … were requested by the government to evict government accommodation as soon as possible, which is nothing more than harassment intended to force journalists to follow a particular line ", He said.
A petition was filed with the Supreme Court of India against the restrictions imposed on the media by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times.
This article was originally published in The wire and has been reproduced with permission.