Separatists call to boycott 3 channels

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Published on Jul 31, 2016 08:44 AM IST
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ByAshiq Hussain

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri separatist leaders on Saturday asked people in the Valley to boycott three mainstream news channels, accusing them of taking a “bigoted” view of events in the strife-torn state.

In a joint statement issued by the hardline Hurriyat Conference and the moderate Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, the separatists asked people to be wary of these 3 channels as “they are working on an agenda”.

“These channels are aggressive and bigoted, by design, in their reportage of Kashmir in order to mislead and poison the Indian public opinion regarding the events in Kashmir and the Kashmir issue,” the statement said.

A debate has also been raging among national media personalities after some journalists accused others of being “unpatriotic” for their reporting of the protests and the large-scale pellet gun injuries in the Valley.

The separatists said that Kashmiris should avoid watching these channels and boycott speaking to their correspondents or being part of their panel discussions.

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