New Delhi: Media is “equally responsible” for the present situation in Kashmir as they are “not playing their role in peace, prosperity and communal harmony in the valley”, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted in court as part of a chargesheet. The observation is in the chargesheet filed against Kashmiri freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf and 11 others for alleged terror funding and stone-pelting in the Kashmir Valley. Indian Express reported on Saturday.
The NIA gave these remarks after analysing videos, photos and audio files from Kamran’s hard drive and phone. The particular remark was made in relation to the video of multiple funerals held in a village in South Kashmir after a militant encounter. “The video has been telecast by News GK
Media responsible for uploading such videos and seems like Media is not playing their role in peace, prosperity and communal harmony in the Kashmir valley and by uploading such videos they also are equally responsible for cause of the present situation in the valley, which it felt appropriate, NIA should communicate to the PCI,” the NIA said in the chargesheet.
According to the chargesheet, photos present in Kamran’s phone include: “Active militant Arif and “Funeral procession of LeT militants (Majid and Shakir) at Pulwama”.
However, it is not clear whether these photos were shot by Kamran. The one clicked by him, On these photos, the NIA said, “A large number of photographs and videos related to anti-national activities covered… are frequently being telecast through their Facebook, GK News online news channel and even through their print media (newspaper).”
Looking into Kamran’s phone records, the NIA said there were about 3,000 call logs and 556 contacts with several images and vidoes. The NIA has observed that Kamran normally got calls from media persons from organisations like Aaj Tak, Mumbai Mirror, Republic Tv, Gulistan News. the NIA has also found contact numbers of some Army/Para Military/ Police Officers/ Personnel in Kamran’s contacts.