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Kashmir curfew lifted by India, but separatists call for strike

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Obstacles for the press

Newspapers again did not publish for the fourth straight day, according to the Times of India.

The BBC reported that owners of newspapers stopped publication to protest what they say is essentially a ban on local media covering the crisis. Police refused to issue curfew passes to journalists, making it impossible for them to complete their work, they said.

The BBC also reports that one of its journalists was stopped and beaten by police in Kashmir. The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday called on Kashmir authorities to address the complaints.

Government criticized

Editorials in Indian newspapers have expressed harsh criticism of the government’s handling of the current crisis. An editorial in The Hindustan Times argues that Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, passed responsibility to the central government by blaming the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Forces, controlled by New Delhi, for the violence.

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