Thrissur, Nov 8 : Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times on Thursday regretted the attitude of the national media in not exposing the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as several parts of the territory continue to be under a siege.
“Media is amplifying the narrative of one voice, that of the Government, instead of exposing the difficulties being faced by people after the abrogation of Article 370 and curtailing the freedom of the citizens in the valley. The local media is completely silent fearing action from the authorities”.
Ms Bhasin was here to deliver the 8th Saratchandran Memorial Lecture, during the 4 day VIBGYOR film festival at the Kerala Sahitya Academy Hall today.
She has been in the news recently after she approached the government officials seeking immediate relaxation of restrictions on internet and telecommunication services in the valley after Article 370 was scrapped.
Giving details of the present situation she said Section 144 continues to be imposed on most parts of the State and an unannounced curfew remains in place. Internet, mobile phones and even landline phones are banned in the Kashmir Valley. There is a virtual information blockade.
She said the government is preaching about the normalcy in the state and the same is being projected by the national media. Recently some of the senior women protesters were detained by the authorities as the government was “threatened” by people protest. Practically, Kashmir is converted into a vast prison, she said.
“The shutdown has resulted in a business loss of Rs 10,000 crores during the last three months,” she said.
Expressing optimism of solving the problems, she said that the civil disobedience and creative resistance by the people are continuing to ignore the warnings of the administration. (UNI)