Dodging India’s media curbs in Kashmir

When several young Muslims taking part in a religious procession were blinded by lead pellets fired by security forces in Kashmir in late August India’s national newspapers and the international media caught the horror with pictures of teenagers with ruptured eyeballs and mutilated eye sockets.

In Kashmir, however, readers were hard-pressed to find even a mention of the event in the next day’s regional press.

There is no ban on reporting such news — but the government does not need one. Frightened by police intimidation and cowed by threats to withdraw vital advertising, Kashmir’s mainstream media have retreated into self-censorship since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government revoked the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, ending its status as India’s only Muslim-majority state and imposing central rule.


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