The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is trying to and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services” in occupied Kashmir. Speaking about the BBC’s decision to expand its shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir, BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus said: “Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it´s right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services.”
The BBC said the number and length of its programmes would grow in a variety of languages spoken in the densely-populated region of the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. “The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service,” Angus added.
The British broadcaster’s move was aimed to ease the impact of a communications blackout imposed by the Indian government and the announcement came after New Delhi scrapped an article of the Indian constitution granting special status to Kashmir, which has its residents confined to their homes, incommunicado.
In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions on the 12th straight day, today, to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Millions of Kashmiris have been deprived of their liberties and fundamental rights during all these days. Internet broadband, telephones and TV channels continuously remain snapped. The occupied territory remains cut off from the rest of the world.
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17 November, 2019