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Thursday, July 2 2020


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India’s freedom will rest safe as long as journalists can speak to power without being chilled by a threat of reprisal; free citizens cannot exist when the news media is chained to adhere to one position.

Those stirring words are part of the Bombay High Court’s ruling which dismissed two cases filed against Arnab Goswami. He was charged with making provocative and inflammatory statements (detailed here) on two mob lynching cases—one of which involved two sadhus and their driver. The irony: FIRs were issued against 22 journalists for merely reporting on the pandemic during the lockdown. Ten others were arrested, and nine were beaten in police custody. Sadly, none had the good fortune of being Arnab. Illustration: Parth Savla

the big story

The picture of a killing in Kashmir

The TLDR: A 65-year-old man—accompanied by his grandchild—was killed in Sopore. There are two wildly different versions of how he died—the official narrative and that offered by Bashir Ahmed’s family. At the heart of this battle to define the ‘truth’ is a traumatized three-year old and photos taken right at the moment of his grandfather’s death. It’s a rude reminder of the greater tragedy that has been unfolding in Kashmir since August 2019. And a necessary reminder of rising militancy in the state.

 

What happened here?

That is the hardest question to answer when it comes to anything that happens in Kashmir. Here are two very different versions of the killing.

 

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