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Reporting Kashmir: Communal Journalism

In continuation of the discussion here, Praveen Swami writes in the Hindu:

Ever since May, when the bodies of two women washed up near Shopian, journalists have chronicled the multiple failures of administration and policing that allowed the tragic deaths to spark off some of the worst street violence ever seen in Jammu and Kashmir.

Following the release of the findings of the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry on Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that it intends to prosecute four police officials for some of those failures.

But both journalists and the Jammu and Kashmir government have maintained a stoic silence on one institution blamed by Justice Jan for spreading falsehood and inciting violence: the media itself.

His report highlights the following in the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry report:

  • Journalists share responsibility for fanning south Kashmir violence
  • For the most part,  media misrepresented forensic evidence
  • Blood on a victim’s forehead was “shamefully distorted and projected as a mark of sindoor”

Read the full story

Also read: Despite judicial probe, truth on Shopian deaths elusive

Reporting Kashmir: Communal Journalism
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In continuation of the discussion here, Praveen Swami writes in the Hindu:

Ever since May, when the bodies of two women washed up near Shopian, journalists have chronicled the multiple failures of administration and policing that allowed the tragic deaths to spark off some of the worst street violence ever seen in Jammu and Kashmir.

Following the release of the findings of the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry on Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that it intends to prosecute four police officials for some of those failures.

But both journalists and the Jammu and Kashmir government have maintained a stoic silence on one institution blamed by Justice Jan for spreading falsehood and inciting violence: the media itself.

His report highlights the following in the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry report:

  • Journalists share responsibility for fanning south Kashmir violence
  • For the most part,  media misrepresented forensic evidence
  • Blood on a victim’s forehead was “shamefully distorted and projected as a mark of sindoor”

Read the full story

Also read: Despite judicial probe, truth on Shopian deaths elusive

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