Continuous internet ban in Kashmir affecting livelihood of media persons, says Valley-based Journalist body

A photo jounalist covering protest in maisuma area of srinagar photo credits Raqib Hameed Naik
A photo jounalist covering protest in maisuma area of srinagar photo credits Raqib Hameed Naik

By, Staff Reporter

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association (JKYJA) on Monday, October 16 strongly condemned the continuous clampdown of 3G and 4G Mobile Internet services in Kashmir.

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The JKYJA said that the Internet ban not only heightens the state of paranoia amongst the citizens but also affects the work of journalists in Kashmir, adding that the internet ban also attacks the livelihood of dozens of people including professional journalists whose work is dependable on the Internet.

The JKYJA said that the over the past years, the repeated suspension of mobile internet services has become common in Kashmir which reflects the total indifference of government towards the prosperity, development, economic and educational upliftment of Kashmiri people in addition to the promotion of tourism.

Considering the adverse impact on the economic prospects due to the Internet Ban, the JKYJA appealed people from IT sector, tourism, lawyers, traders, entrepreneurs, students and teachers to condemn the Internet ban in Kashmir.

“Depriving people of even basic internet facilities has a significantly disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir particularly the journalist in the ground,” said JKYJA.

The association has asked the authorities to guarantee freedom of expression in Kashmir and to seek a solution by a democratic process for the issues which lead to the unjustified internet ban. It further said that the association will come with a complete course of action in coming days so as to raise voice against the serious issue of internet ban.