RSF condemns Kashmir media blackout by Indian authorities

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific ViolenceInternet IndiaAsia – Pacific ViolenceInternet photo: Rising Kashmir Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns a media blackout imposed in Indian-held Kashmir, and the harassment of journalists by local authorities, since 8 July when a separatist military commander, Burhan Wani, was killed in the south of the region. The organization urges the Indian government to stop using security and law and order as pretexts for cracking down on the media. News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media July 21, 2016 RSF condemns Kashmir media blackout by Indian authorities Help by sharing this information At least 45 civilians were killed and more than 1,600 injured, including women and children, in protests and clashes that broke out on 8 July.“Now local media outlets, which were discharging their professional duties of reporting facts from ground zero, are under severe attack,” Kashmir-based journalist Gowhar Geelani wrote on the news portal DailyO. “Their professional work has unnerved the state government.”During the night of 15 July, police raided the offices and printing plants of Kashmir newspapers including Kashmir Times, Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Observer and Rising Kashmir and seized a large number of printed copies. During the raids, 50,000 copies of the daily Kashmir Uzma were seized. “Authorities on Saturday midnight gagged the Greater Kashmir by raiding the Greater Kashmir Corporate office at Rangreth on city outskirts ,” the newspaper said on its website. Police arrested the Greater Kashmir printing press foreman Biju Chaudary and two other employees.“The policemen seized the plates of Greater Kashmir and more than 50,000 printed copies of Kashmir Uzma and closed down the GKC printing press,” it added.Police also seized copies of Rising Kashmir early on Saturday and raided its press at Sheikhpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.“A police party from Budgam police raided the press to seize the copies of Rising Kashmir and other publications” Rising Kashmir said on its website. “As the staff had left after printing the copies, police took into custody all the employees including Foreman Mohammad Yousuf and asked him to identify the distribution site.”It said the distribution truck was seized and its driver detained. Staff were released after being harassed and intimidated, it added.“The government of the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, must stop justifying its flagrant violations of press freedom on the pretext of security,” said Benjamin Ismail, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk. “The media are not behind these disturbances and even less are they a destabilizing influence in the region. The authorities cannot restore peace in the region by eliminating criticism of the government, which will always find a means of expression. “The refusal to understand this is an admission that there is no genuine policy in place to restore peace. Moreover, the curfew now in force should not affect the work of the media.”Editors condemn “press emergency” In an attempt to prevent the dissemination of news and information, the government has cut mobile Internet access since 16 July, and the private mobile network was cut from 14 July throughout the region. In most parts of Kashmir, cable services and the mobile Internet have been disabled since 9 July. No cellphone services except Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited are functioning.In response, editors and owners staged a sit-in at Press Enclave in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, on Saturday and strongly condemned what they called the imposition of a “press emergency”.A joint statement issued by the editors and owners later said: “A government spokesperson, when contacted during the meeting, conveyed that ‘in view of apprehensions of serious trouble in Kashmir Valley in next three days aimed at subverting peace, strict curfew will be imposed and movement of newspaper staff and distribution ofnewspapers will not be possible’.”In 2010 and 2013, newspapers based in the valley were banned from publishing and their freedom of movement was severely restricted. Some newspapers were seized and their distribution was blocked, while the authorities refused to grant media employees an exemption when curfews were in force.India continues to languish in the bottom third (133rd of 180 countries), of the 2016 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, because of the number of journalists killed and the impunity for crimes of violence committed against the media. News News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival March 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on India to go further RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 June 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Providers, Advocates, Patients in Support of Women’s Reproductive Health Rights

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Providers, Advocates, Patients in Support of Women’s Reproductive Health Rights Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today was joined by medical providers, advocates, patients, legislators, and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in support of women’s reproductive health rights at an event at Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.“Let me be clear, there is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor,” Gov. Wolf said. “President Trump’s plan to implement a Title X gag rule will cut women off from critical health care services like birth control and preventive care, including cancer screenings, and will censor doctors and strip federal funding from certain health care providers for discussing legal health care procedures with their patients.”Joining Gov. Wolf and offering remarks were representatives of AccessMatters, one of four family planning councils in Pennsylvania that receives Title X funding from the federal government; Planned Parenthood; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); New Voices; and patients who have benefited from both Title X and Planned Parenthood funding to receive vital screenings and treatment.“I am deeply concerned that proposed changes to Title X will negatively impact our ability to meet the needs of children, adolescents and families we serve at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Dr. Aletha Akers, director of Adolescent Gynecology and faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Title X allows us to provide preventative health services, ranging from cancer screenings to family planning, to more than 2,000 young people in our community – services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.”“Patient-centered, respectful, comprehensive, and confidential care have been cornerstones of the Title X Family Planning Program for over 45 years,” said Melissa Weiler Gerber, President & CEO of AccessMatters. “These proposed rules are a ‘solution’ to a problem that does not exist and in reality, they will undermine access and jeopardize the health and well-being of our country.”“The proposed regulation would fundamentally change the Title X program, denying millions of patients access to trusted healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood,” Dayle Steinberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood for Southeastern Pennsylvania said. “It defies logic for an Administration that opposes abortion to decrease access to birth control – the front-line defense and most effective means to prevent the need for abortion.”“As a cancer survivor, I can tell you that early detection of disease is critical to survival,” said Jeanette Herrington, of Springfield, and the mother of two girls. “As a result of the proposed rule, it is indisputable that more cancers will go undetected, more abnormal Pap smears will not be treated, and life-saving care will be inaccessible for the low-income women and men who need it most.”“The Title X gag rule not only intrudes on the patient-provider relationship, but it also takes away a woman’s autonomy and her right to have transparent access to information so that she can make informed health care decisions,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “Title X was enacted to provide care to some of our most vulnerable citizens, including young women, low income women, and women of color. The White House’s gag rule reverses 50 years of progress and burdens a woman with unnecessary obstacles during a time when she needs support and clarity.” July 25, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more