Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, May 19: Keeping up their notorious record of assaulting media persons, India Today reporter was attacked on Friday, by JKLF chief Yasin Malik when she went to take Yasin Malik's reaction on special investigative report - Hurriyat Truth Tapes. Malik snatched her phone and smashed it to smithereens.
Malik reportedly assaulted India Today's video journalist too. India Today had come up with clinching evidence of Pakistan's state and non-state actors, including Hafiz Saeed, choreographing anarchy through their agents in the Kashmir Valley. Several top Kashmiri separatists were caught on camera confessing to receiving funds from across the border.
In 2009, JKLF supporters attacked editor of a local newspaper. The JKLF supporters attacked him in a press conference. "Supporters from JKLF are giving threats to my life and also are threatening to ransack my house and property" the editor had said.
The supporters of Mirwaiz Umar Group had also assaults Qayoom. After the attack, Shahid Ul Islam, Hurriyar Conference (M) leader had the said that "Some journalists along with intelligence agencies are hatching a plan to defame the image of the separatists in Kashmir. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has married a Kashmiri girl and her parents are from Pampore."
In 2015, Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had warned K
shmiri reporters working with national news channels asking them to mend their ways or face dire action. The threat had come a day after Kashmir based correspondents of national media agencies highlighted the waving of Pakistani flag in Masarat Alam led separatist rally.
There are several other examples when journalists were either threatened by separatists or attacked. Most of the journalists prefer not to write stories against separatists apprehending threats to their lives.
Calling National news channels as the mouth pieces of intelligence agencies, Geelani led Hurriyat had then said that they will expose the reporters by name in public if they continued their betrayal to 'Kashmiri nation'.
"These channels have become the mouthpiece of intelligence agencies and we have no expectations from them, but the role of reporters who work for them is painful for the Kashmiri nation" Geelani had said. Several journalists had then gone into hiding.
There are several other examples when journalists were either threatened by separatists or attacks. Most of the journalists prefer not to write stories against separatists apprehending threats to their lives.
"I had once done a story that there were 200 people in a separatist's rally. The other day I received a call from this separatist leader who threatened me of dire consequences for writing truth," a Kashmiri journalist said.
Several times in the past, the media houses have been attacked and their computers ransacked computers. Sources said the police too was reluctant to act against these separatists.