On 22nd March, a freelance journalist, Irfan Mehraj, in Indian-occupied Kashmir was arrested by the…
Indian investigation agency files chargesheet against Kashmiri journalist and a scholar
On October 14th, a charge sheet was filed by the infamous State Investigation Agency against a Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah and a Kashmiri PhD scholar in an alleged “narrative militancy” case. “Narrative militancy” is a term manufactured by the Indian state to incriminate any opinion or expression that calls for Kashmir’s freedom from India or reveals the many war crimes that the state perpetrates. Fahad Shah, editor of a local newspaper Kashmir Walla and Aala Fazili, the scholar, have been booked under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, a law used by India repeatedly to stifle pro-freedom voices among Kashmiri Muslims. Fahad Shah was arrested on February 5 for his journalistic works and has been in prison ever since and Fazili, a PhD scholar at the University of Kashmir, was arrested on April 17 for writing a “seditious” article in an online magazine. Fazili had merely reiterated the popular sentiment in Kashmir, that calls for liberation from India.