September 13, 2019
The continuing information and communication clampdown in Kashmir has it made it difficult to get voices from the ground. To take stock of the situation, two journalists Laxmi Murthy and Geeta Seshu from the Network of Women in Media and Free Speech Collective spent five days between August 30 and September 3 in the Valley.
Titled ‘News Behind the Barbed Wire: Kashmir’s Information Blockade’, their report paints a grim picture, that includes undermining of local journalists, self-censorship, alleged intimidation of reporters by police and politicians, as well as human rights violations.
UPDATE: At the time of publication of this episode, the government announced that postpaid mobile phone services will be restored. News reports suggest mobiles of officials catering to essential services have also been activated but the status of other areas remains unknown.
The Suno India Show’s host Padma Priya reached out to Laxmi Murthy to know more about what they saw in the Valley in the five days she spent there.