Indian authorities imposed a communications blackout on Kashmir for a fourth straight day on Thursday, stopping India’s normally vibrant media from being able to report what is happening in the disputed region after the government revoked its special status. The unprecedented clampdown is prompting criticism from an increasing number of Indian media organisations and senior editors, though some also support the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – saying the curbs were important for national security.
Editors at newspapers and television stations say that in many cases it has been days since they have heard from their correspondents based in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. They don’t even know whether they are safe.
“There should have been no suspension of communication services for journalists at all,” said Amit Baruah, resident editor of The Hindu newspaper. “There should have been proper arrangements made and journalist passes issued. The press should be allowed to do its job.”