Majid Hyderi’s detention has brought the number of journalists currently held in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to six.
‘The Kashmir Walla’ described the blocking of its accounts as “opaque censorship” and “gut-wrenching.”
Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 70 people, including those directly affected by internet shutdowns in several locations.
Kashmiri journalist Irfan Mehraj, who runs Wande Magazine, is facing the possibility of life imprisonment following his arrest by the National Investigation Agency.
Police seized electronic devices including laptops, mobiles phone, memory cards, and pen-drives during the raids.
Several Kashmiri journalists have reported that they are being barred from traveling abroad.
“The region’s independent journalists and media outlets have come under intense pressure, facing arbitrary detention and arrest as well as internet shutdowns, which have prevented them from communicating and publishing their work.”
The “Kashmir Walla”‘s journalists are being sent to jail one after another.
Detained since 2018, Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan was granted bail on 5 April but was rearrested again five days later under the 1978 Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act.
58 groups have signed a letter calling for the urgent release of Fahad Shah, editor of the online news portal “The Kashmir Walla”, and the withdrawal of all police investigations launched into his journalistic work.
Fahad Shah, editor of ‘The Kashmir Walla’, was arrested for publishing “anti-national content”. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for his unconditional release.
Journalists worry about the state of press freedom after government detains a journalist and shuts down press club.
In separate incidents in Kashmir in October 2021, unidentified gunmen shot and killed seven people, four of them from the Hindu and Sikh minority communities.
The homes of four journalists in Srinagar were raided by the police on 8 September. They were held for a day and questioned about their links to a website that allegedly publishes content that threatens journalists and activists.