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May 30, 2002

Journalist shot in Kashmir

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting of Zafar Iqbal, a journalist for the Srinigar, Kashmir-based English-language daily Kashmir Images. Iqbal, who was shot by three unidentified assailants this afternoon, was seriously injured and is currently in the hospital in stable condition, according to journalists in Kashmir and Indian news reports. At about 3:00 p.m., three gunmen entered the Srinigar offices of Kashmir Images and asked for Iqbal. After speaking with the... MORE
April 10, 2002

Journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat

In a letter to the interior minister of the state of Gujarat, Gordhan Zadaphia, RSF denounced the attack on some twenty journalists by police of Gujarat State in western India. "After accusing the media of exaggerating the extent of the recent wave of inter-community violence in the state of Gujarat, the authorities of this state used the most reprehensible behavior to prevent journalists from doing their job," said RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. A commission of inquiry has been appointed... MORE
August 22, 2001

Editor and three employees of a weekly severely beaten in Jammu and Kashmir

In a letter addressed to Home Affairs Minister Lal Krishna Advani, RSF protested the attack on three employees and the editor of weekly "Chattan", published in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir, north-western India), by members of the security forces. "This type of violence is unworthy of Indian government representatives," said RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. "It calls for an investigation and punishment of the perpetrators," added Ménard. The organisation also expressed concern over the Indian... MORE
May 11, 2001

Troops attack journalists at a civilian funeral in Kashmir

Seventeen journalists were attacked today by Indian security forces as they attempted to cover a funeral procession in the troubled Kashmir region. The incident occurred in Magam, a town about 17 miles (28 kilometers) north of the state capital, Srinagar. Three of the journalists were hospitalized and thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment was destroyed, according to local and international news reports. On May 9, Magam was the scene of a suicide bomb attack on an Indian Border Security... MORE
May 11, 2001

Thirteen media professionals beaten by paramilitary forces in Kashmir

In a letter to the director general of Border Security Forces (BSF, paramilitary forces), Gurbachan Jagat, RSF protested the attack on thirteen photographers, cameramen and journalists by BSF members in Jammu and Kashmir province. The organisation asked that an investigation be conducted to identify and take sanctions against the authors of this attack. RSF asked to be kept informed of progress in the inquiry. "The Indian authorities must react severely in order to guarantee the security of... MORE
February 2, 2001

AFP journalist beaten, issued death threat by police officer

In a letter to the chief of police of the Indian province Jammu-e-Kashmir, Ashok Suri, RSF protested the attack on Surinder Oberoi, a journalist with Agence France-Presse (AFP) and RSF correspondent, by a police officer in Kashmir. The organisation expressed concern that no serious investigation was conducted and that no sanctions were taken against the officer responsible for this attack. RSF asked to be kept informed of progress in the inquiry. "If this attack on a journalist who is well... MORE
August 17, 2000

Journalists assaulted by CPM activists in West Bengal

In a 17 August 2000 letter to the chief minister of West Bengal State, Jyoti Basu, RSF protested assaults on journalists by activists of the Communist Party India-Marxist (CPI-M, the ruling party in this eastern Indian state). The organisation asked the chief minister if his declarations condemning the attacks could be followed by acts and sanctions against the authors of the assaults. RSF also asked him to approach the leaders of the CPI-M in order that such violence against media workers... MORE
July 11, 2000

Magistrate assaults journalist in Assam

In a letter to the governor of Assam State, S. K. Sinha, RSF protested the assault on a journalist by a magistrate. RSF asked the governor to sanction the magistrate. "Your duty as a governor is to protect journalists who are merely trying to do their work," Robert Ménard, the organisation's secretary-general, reminded him. According to the information collected by RSF, Parag Saikia, a journalist at the daily "Aji", was beaten on 6 July 2000 by L. N. Tamuly, a magistrate in the town of Sibsagar... MORE
April 17, 2000

Landmine explodes outside Radio Kashmir

In a 17 April 2000 letter to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state, Girish Chander Saxena, RSF expressed concern about the climate of violence facing the public and private press, especially after the explosion of a landmine near the building that houses the government station Radio Kashmir. RSF asked Girish Chander Saxena to order an inquiry into the incident, in order to identify those responsible for the attack. The organisation's secretary-general, Robert Ménard, reminded the authorities... MORE
November 26, 1999

Grenade attack on journalist's home in Kashmir

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, WAN has expressed its serious concern at an attack on the home of newspaper editor Jeelani Qadri. According to reports, early on the morning of 23 November 1999, Kashmiri militants threw a grenade at the Srinigar home of Qadri, editor of the daily newspaper "Afaaq". Qadri and his family, who were asleep inside at the time, escaped unharmed but the house was extensively damaged. Reports are unclear as to whether the assailants were... MORE