New York, August 29, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities to protect journalists and lift restrictions on media workers in the curfew-bound northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, after a cameraman was reportedly killed and a near-total news blackout hit the main city of Srinagar.
Srinagar newspapers did not reach the stands today for the fifth consecutive day and cable operators shut down international news broadcasts on Thursday because of an almost uninterrupted government-imposed curfew, according to local news reports that are still being published sporadically online. Local television news broadcasts were ordered off the air on Sunday. Officials have been holding talks with cable operators and newspaper editors but no resolution has yet been reached.
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