on Thursday told the Parliament that the Centre has not imposed curbs on any news media in Jammu and Kashmir.
Thakur made the disclosure while responding to a question posed by Trinamool Congress MP Abir Ranjan Biswas in Rajya Sabha. The West Bengal lawmaker sought to know whether the government is aware of the recently-released Press Council of India’s fact-finding committee (FFC) report on news media in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last month, the committee reportedly found that “news media in the Jammu and Kashmir region, especially in the Valley, is slowly being choked mainly because of the extensive curbs imposed by the local administration”.
The Press Council of India constituted the committee in September 2021 to check the state of media in J&Ok. The committee submitted its report on March 8.
On being requested concerning the variety of journalists from Jammu and Kashmir who’ve reported harassment by the authorities since 2017, Thakur knowledgeable, “The ministry of home affairs has informed that there have been no instances of any harassment to the media persons by the authorities since 2017.”
He added that regulation enforcement companies, nevertheless, take motion in opposition to any particular person, with none discrimination of occupation or in any other case, who’s discovered to be concerned in any exercise that poses risk to the safety and sovereignty of the nation.
The FFC report additionally acknowledged that there’s a lengthy record of journalists who’ve been individually harassed. “The object is to create fear and intimidation to fall in with the government line,” the report claimed.
Thakur denied the findings that stated public relations work in lots of authorities places of work has been taken over by the police.
(With inputs from agencies)