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National media a mouthpiece for official narrative

03 Sep 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa
Of journalism and Kashmiri 'voice of dissent'

An article from the University of Kashmir stated that the 'partial journalism' exercised by national media has disregarded the voice of objection from Kashmir to support the official narrative.

The national press had downplayed the strikes in Kashmir.

Either they weren't published or they were portrayed as "sponsored" programmes of resistance commanders, "halting" the normal life; or by adulterating the details about strikes.

In context: Of journalism and Kashmiri 'voice of dissent'

03 Sep 2016National media a mouthpiece for official narrative

Silencing local mediaContrasting coverage of local and national media on Kashmir

Kashmiri media that writes from a pro-people rather than government's view is often "muzzled whenever Kashmir is on the boil".

When the mobile phone and internet services in Kashmir are suspended, media coverage becomes even more crucial.

However, local media persons claimed that reporters airdropped from New Delhi "have unhindered access to places and persons, while local reporters face various hurdles."

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