Blog Business Entertainment Environment Health Latest News Lifestyle News Analysis Opinion Science Sports Technology Videos World
Kashmir Journalist Fahad Shah Released on Bail After Two Years of Imprisonment

Fahad Shah, the founding editor of The Kashmir Walla, an independent news outlet in Indian-administered Kashmir, has been released on bail after nearly two years of imprisonment under India's sedition and anti-terror laws. 

According to BBC, Shah was arrested in February 2022 for allegedly publishing "anti-national content."

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked Kashmir's special status and split the region into two union territories in 2019, the Indian government has tightened its control over the region. 

Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in its entirety, leading to a decades-long territorial dispute that has been a source of tension and violence between the two nuclear-armed countries. 

The Line of Control, a de facto border that divides the area, has been a flashpoint in the conflict. Critics argue that the BJP government's actions have restricted freedom of expression and increased government repression in the region.

Shah’s arrest sparked outrage among media rights organizations in and out of India.

Steven Butler, Committee to Protect Journalists Asia program, at the time said:

The arrest of Fahad Shah shows Jammu and Kashmir authorities’ utter disregard for press freedom and the fundamental right of journalists to report freely and safely,”

Aside from running The Kashmir Walla, Shah’s work has been featured in international publications including The Guardian, Time and Foreign Policy. He was awarded the 25th Human Rights Press Awards 2021 in explanatory feature writing for his coverage of communal violence in Delhi in February 2020.

India, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is the world’s largest democracy and one of the largest media markets in the world.

However, the Modi administration has been accused repeatedly of intimidating the press, stifling free speech and censoring independent news organizations.

In the annual World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, India has dropped from 140th in 2014 — the year Modi came to power — to 161 out of 180 nations in this year’s list. That puts India below countries like Laos, the Philippines and neighboring Pakistan.

The group said the situation in Kashmir is “very worrisome,” adding

Reporters are often harassed by police and paramilitaries, with some being subjected to so-called “provisional” detention for several years.”

Share This Post On

Tags: #India #HumanRights #Censorship #PressFreedom #FahadShah #KashmirJournalist #Dissent #KashmirConflict #ReleasedOnBail #Repression


Leave a comment

You need to login to leave a comment. Log-in is a Global Media House Initiative by Socialnetic Infotainment Private Limited.

TheSocialTalks was founded in 2020 as an alternative to mainstream media which is fraught with misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. We have a strong dedication to publishing authentic news that abides by the principles and ethics of journalism. We are an organisation driven by a passion for truth and justice in society.

Our team of journalists and editors from all over the world work relentlessly to deliver real stories affecting our society. To keep our operations running, We need sponsors and subscribers to our news portal. Kindly sponsor or subscribe to make it possible for us to give free access to our portal and it will help writers and our cause. It will go a long way in running our operations and publishing real news and stories about issues affecting us.

Your contributions help us to expand our organisation, making our news accessible to more everyone and deepening our impact on the media.

Support fearless and fair journalism today.