SRINAGAR: A Kashmir-based journalist known for his pro-state reportage has given up his job with an Indian channel after he was asked to produce “fabricated and malicious” stories. Nasser Ahmad, working with IBN 7 news channel, announced his resignation on Wednesday.
“I resigned on ethical grounds, as the channel was asking me to prepare biased and anti-Kashmir reports, this channel is least bothered about civilian killings and has plan to malign the image of Kashmir,’’ Naseer told a local news agency CNS.
He said the channel refused to broadcast the story of ATM guard, who was killed by CRPF allegedly in cold blood with pellets.
Ahmad said the editorial board of the channel had tasked him to prepare “malicious report” against militant commander Burhan Wani, whose killing sparked the ongoing anti-India uprising in Kashmir.
The channel, he said, was least bothered about the human rights violation being committed in Kashmir and presented “twisted and fabricated” reports about Kashmir to mislead the people of India.
Naseer revealed that the channel distorted the stories he had been sending them on Kashmir.
“This channel has started a hatred campaign against the Kashmir. As a mark of protest, I have resigned from this biased channel,” he said. The journalist fraternity sees it as an indication that the journalists supporting the ‘Indian propaganda’ in Kashmir have begun to fear public.
“During the ongoing uprising, the people and the pro-freedom leadership have been very open in criticising the Indian media and its Kashmir correspondents. And his (Ahmad’s) resignation shows that it is yielding results,” a senior print journalist, wishing not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.
“We hope more such people realise what they are doing,” he added.