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August 1, 1996

''Al-Safa' editor-in-chief Ashraf Shaban abducted

On 1 August 1996, three unidentified men -- one armed with a pistol -- abducted Ashraf Shaban, the editor-in-chief of the Urdu-language daily "Al-Safa", from the newspaper's offices in Srinagar, Kashmir, and forced him into an auto-rickshaw taxi. Shaban has not been seen since and no one has claimed responsibility for his abduction. Shaban, who assumed the editorship of "Al-Safa" following his father's assassination, has frequently been intimidated by both militant separatists and government... MORE
July 9, 1996

Indian-backed militia in Kashmir abducts and detains 19 journalists

On 8 July 1996, an Indian-backed counter-insurgency militia kidnapped and detained 19 journalists in Kashmir. The journalists, who were released unharmed that same evening, were held as hostages by the militia to secure a meeting with the editors of Kashmir's leading newspapers. The 19 journalists were traveling together from Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, to a press conference called by the Muslim Mujahideen, one of several Indian- backed militias in the region. They were intercepted... MORE