Kashmiri Hindus protest against US daily in DC over ‘biased’ coverage of J&K situation
Washington DC (USA) | Jagran News Desk: Over 300 Kashmiri Hindus on Saturday staged a protest in front of the office of ‘The Washington Post’ against ‘one-sided coverage’ of Jammu and Kashmir situation.
The protesters alleged that the prominent US daily has been giving ‘one-sided and biased coverage’ after the Indian government withdrew Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into two Union Territories last month.
However, the newspaper defended its coverage and called it ‘fair, accurate and comprehensive’.
The demonstration was organised by the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora.
“Your coverage has not addressed the dejure lawlessness that existed in the State of J&K due to Article 370 accompanied by Article 35A which supposedly granted special status to the State,” said Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora in its memorandum to The Washington Post.
They also rasied slogans in favour of the Indian government and called the step ‘bold and historic’.
“Nowhere in the Washington Post media narratives is their mention that in this lawless State the most heinous genocide was committed against the aboriginal people, the Kashmiri Pandits, resulting in their virtual exile,” the organisers said.
“Washington Post's biased reporting ignores the inconvenient truth that Article 370 and Article 35A...have denied democratic rights to minorities, women and weaker sections of the society while throttling Kashmir's economy...(and) Kashmir Valley became breeding ground for rampant corruption, separatism,” they added.
Across the road where the protest was staged by Kashmiri Pandits, a group of Pakistani Americans, separatist Kashmiri and separatist Khalistani held a silent demonstration in support of The Washington Post.
Some of the pro-Pakistani protesters tried to stop Indian journalists from covering their demonstration, including taking pictures, before the intervention of local police.
Justifying its coverage, Washington Post Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl said, "The Post's coverage of India's actions in Kashmir since the Aug. 5 crackdown has been fair, accurate and comprehensive -- at a time when India has imposed tight restrictions on the flow of information and has severely limited access by our journalists trying to cover this important story."
Meanwhile, a group of US Muslims held a protest demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma