An ‘Indian Express’ reporter recounts a bone-chilling story of pure horror in Kashmir, as India’s media bodies beat around the bush

24 days after the “lockdown”—jargon for a brutal, undemocratic suppression of civil liberties—in Kashmir began, life continues to be hell for journalists in paradise.

The physical, professional, psychological and commercial implications of the communications blackout on reporters, photographers, cameramen, editors and owners have been much catalogued.

In today’s Indian Express, Adil Akhzer recounts a personal horror.

The trauma of his sister when a maternity hospital could not make that one phone call to a gynaecologist to save her new-born son. And the trauma of the family which could not inform him for eight hours, because phones were not working.

Screenshot: courtesy The Indian Express

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