SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Ministry of External Affairs has informed all International Media Organisation currently operating from India that now onwards Journalists of foreign origin will require permission at least eight weeks in advance to visit Jammu and Kashmir from Ministry of Home Affairs.
In Past, the Seven Sister States in India’s far North East, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands were only places where Foreign Journalist required Special permissions of Ministry of Home Affairs but now Jammu and Kashmir to has been added into the list which India claims is sensitive and is now off-limits for visits without permission.
There is no clear indication why Jammu and Kashmir has been added to the list but series of Anti-India propaganda reports coming from foreign media especially from the Arab Media could be on one of the factors and recent biased UN report on Kashmir which largely was based on unverified foreign media reports could have triggered latest Ministry of External Affairs Diktat.
Pakistan which has been trying to Internationalise Kashmir issue and has been working with many foreign media agencies to send so-called Independent Journalist to troubled areas in Kashmir taking full freedom of New Delhi’s full-scale access to the region for foreign Journalists to fabricate Anti-India propaganda in the International Media while denying same level access to foreign Journalists to Pakistani Occupied Kashmir (POK) which Pakistan calls Azad Kashmir.
Biased UN Report actually had mentioned that news from Indian Kashmir is much easier to come then from Pakistani Occupied Kashmir. All Pakistani authorities do is have selective foreign media tours of POK under watchful eyes of country’s dreaded Inter-Services Intelligence to show POK and their residents quite happy under the occupation of Pakistan.
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