India revokes Al Jazeera’s security clearance after occupied Kashmir documentary

Published: August 25, 2018
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India withdrew the security clearance granted to Qatar’s Al Jazeera network after a documentary on Indian-occupied Kashmir was aired by the channel.

The country’s home ministry revoked the clearance and the matter is in consideration pending a final decision by authorities. The Qatar-based channel, meanwhile, awaits a response to their appeal made to the government for resumption of broadcasts.

According to a ministry official, security clearance was issued to the channel on December 3, 2010, and revoked on May 29, 2018

“Our role is limited to the matter related to security clearance. The decision on cancellation of the broadcasting licence will be taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” said an official from the Indian ministry.

In July, the United Nation’s office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its first-ever report on the situation in Kashmir June 14. The report highlighted the protests after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 and the brutal use of pellet guns against protesters among the human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

This article originally appeared in Times of India



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  • Noroz
    Aug 25, 2018 - 5:47PM

    Sham! Largest democracy of the world.
    Such brutal cuts on freedom of expression indicate growing fascism in our neighbourhood. Recommend

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