IFJ resolution condemns attacks, curbs on media in Kashmir

Kathmandu, December 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) while strongly condemning the attacks and restrictions on media reporting in Jammu and Kashmir has expressed solidarity with the journalists in the conflict-ridden territory.

This was said in a resolution adopted at a meeting of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) held in Kathmandu, Nepal. After a PowerPoint presentation on the ‘Media Scene in Kashmir’ by a Kashmiri journalist, Faisul Yaseen, who could not attend the meeting in person, journalists from around the world, who attended the meeting, condemned the attacks on Kashmir media and passed a resolution on Kashmir.

“We condemn the restrictions on the use of internet and mobile phones in the conflict-affected Kashmir valley, which affects newsgathering and dissemination,” said the resolution, which also urgently called for peace and regretted the firings by police, troops and paramilitary forces on unarmed people, including the use of pellet guns that have blinded many civilians, including children.

Journalists and union activists from 14 countries participated in the meeting organized by the IFJ together with the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) and South East Asia Journalist Unions (SEAJU) with representatives from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vanuatu.

IFJ also condemned the arbitrary ban imposed by the puppet regime on the publication of the English daily Kashmir Reader.

On India, the IFJ demanded, “The immediate enactment of a Journalists’ Protection Act at the national level and other mechanisms to address the suffering of families of slain and attacked journalists. The impunity of perpetrators, which has a devastating effect on press freedom in India must end forthwith.”

During the meeting ‘Forging strategies for media change in the Asia-Pacific’, the journalist unions from across the Asia-Pacific resolved to share knowledge, utilize new technologies, and strengthen membership to effectively continue their struggle for press freedom and journalists’ rights, at the IFJ Strategy Forum in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Representatives from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Twitter shared knowledge and skills to effectively use social media in union works, combat online harassment and remain safe in the digital space.

Together, leaders and activists discussed strategies to enhance press freedom, union strengthening, and adapting digital tools in union work as well as campaigning on freedom of expression in the internet and fighting impunity using new media. Resolutions were passed demanding journalists’ rights, gender equity, press freedom, and end to impunity.

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