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Kashmir jourlist questioned over Hizb video

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Oct 20: A Srigar jourlist who runs a news portal said he was questioned and “harassed” by police over a video statement by Hizbul Mujahideen he had published on his website a month ago. In an email to IANS, Vijdan Kawoosa, who also writes for some intertiol websites, said he got the Hizb video through an anonymous email. He said he had run the clip with the disclaimer that its authenticity was subject to verification. On Wednesday evening, he was summoned to the police cyber cell and accused of sympathizing with the militant group and being “on their payrolls” or having links with militants.

He said all this happened “only because my website was the first to share their statement”, which was also carried by various media houses in Jammu and Kashmir and beyond. Kawoosa alleged that three police officers “shouted at me, saying the news post on my site instigate youth to take to violence and I was an equal party to the crime.

“They threatened me if I did not reveal the person I was in ‘contact’ with in the militant group. I showed them all my emails and also the particular email. I gave them access to my e-mail account on which I had received the anonymously e-mailed statement.” He said police took a “note of most of my e-mail addresses, phone numbers and family members and also took the password of my Facebook profile to which my website’s page is linked”. He said his driving license was also seized. The Jammu and Kashmir government has come under flak for allegedly curbing media freedom in the wake of an ongoing agitation that has crippled normal life in the Kashmir Valley for more than three months now. (IANS)

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