This article appeared in the February 17, 2023 edition of the Monitor Daily.

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News outlets rally behind jailed Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah

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Fahad Shah (right), editor-in-chief of The Kashmir Walla, works in the newsroom in Srinagar, India, on Jan. 21, 2022. Two weeks later, he was detained on accusations of publishing "anti-national content," police said, in a widening crackdown against media.

A full year has passed since Fahad Shah, editor of The Kashmir Walla newspaper and an internationally respected reporter with whom we have worked, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2022, in Kashmir for publishing “anti-national content.” 

The Kashmir Walla, which Mr. Shah founded, elevates the voices of everyday people and stands fast against unjust laws with honest reporting. But Mr. Shah has paid a heavy price for that work. He has been granted bail repeatedly, only to be immediately rearrested. He continues to be held in a jail in Jammu, far from family and friends, under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. He is facing life imprisonment if convicted.

Mr. Shah’s case is a sharp reminder of the need to strengthen free voices as efforts to shut them down intensify daily around the globe. His release is particularly important to the cause of free press in Kashmir.

We, the undersigned, call on authorities to release Mr. Shah immediately and to respect his standing as an independent journalist.

Mark Sappenfield, Editor, The Christian Science Monitor

Ravi Agrawal, Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy

Erica Berenstein, Executive Producer of News and Documentary, Insider

Dave Besseling, Longreads Editor, South China Morning Post

D. D. Guttenplan, Editor, The Nation

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Boyoung Lim, Senior Editor, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian

This article appeared in the February 17, 2023 edition of the Monitor Daily.

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