Shujaat Bukhari, targeted for long

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/06/2018

Rising Kashmir proprietor and chief editor Shujaat Bukhari who was shot on Thursday night as he emerged from his office in Srinagar’s press colony and died shortly after, had two security guards flanking him who are critically injured. He has had police protection since an attack on him in 2000. In June 2006 while still a special correspondent of The Hindu, he was abducted at gunpoint in Srinagar but escaped although the kidnappers fired at him from close range. In this article for the Hoot in 2012 he had written about the vulnerability of journalists in Kashmir. In 2015 he gave this interview about the Kashmir Initiative Group he was part of and the intra-Kashmir dialogue he had helped initiate. More recently he brought a criminal defamation case against activist Madhu Kishwar for allegations she had made about him.

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Indian Express reports that YouTube has blocked the Press Information Bureau's channel on that platform since June 16, and viewers are able to access any of its videos posted there since the channel became operational in 2011. YouTube says it is because it is updating its partner agreements, the story says.                   

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