Hundreds of reports chronicling decades of attacks in Indian-held Kashmir have disappeared from local newspapers’ archives.
It includes one of the most comprehensive NGO reports on decades of violence and killings in the disputed region, which was published by a respected rights organization..
The disappearance also includes the Greater Kashmir newspaper’s report on the killing of 16-year-old Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday and two other people, as well as the 2012 death of Sajad Ahmad Dar in a hospital after being in police custody, published by the Kashmir Reader.
Critics call it an Orwellian effort to expunge history and control the narrative going forward.
“So it’s still very mysterious how the archives disappeared and why, but then it does seem there is some deliberate, you know, pattern to it because suddenly at about the same time archives of other Kashmir-based newspapers are missing.”
Reporters without Borders has rated India at 142nd level below Afghanistan and Burma in its World Press Freedom Index.