TDN World Desk: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists for press freedom, on Tuesday called on the Modi government to end the intimidation and harassment of journalists and to restore full internet and social media access in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Journalism in Jammu and Kashmir is under a dramatic state of repression”, IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. “The state is using a mix of harassment, intimidation, surveillance and online information control to silence critical voices and force journalists to resort to self-censorship.”

Since August, after abrogation of Article 370, the government suspended internet in the valley.

while accusing the government of making efforts to stop free flow of information from the region by intimidating journalists and interrupting freedom of expression by restricting access to social media, Prasad said: “We urge the Indian government to remove all restrictions that impinge upon press freedom and freedom of expression in Jammu and Kashmir, and to ensure that security forces cease all harassment of journalists”.