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Amnesty International releases report on repression of press freedom in Kashmir

On 2nd September, Amnesty International said in a briefing that the Indian state has drastically intensified the repression of rights in Jammu and Kashmir in the three years since the change in status of the region. The new briefing, “We are being punished by the law”: Three years since of abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, documents how civil society at large and journalists, lawyers, and human rights defenders, in particular, have faced relentless interrogations, arbitrary travel bans, revolving door detentions, and repressive media policies while blocking access to appeals or justice in courts and human rights bodies. Amnesty International has recorded at least 60 instances of a crackdown on journalists and human rights defenders since August 2019. According to the data gathered by Amnesty International, at least 27 journalists have been arrested and detained by the Indian authorities since 5 August 2019.[1]

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