International correspondents are still not being permitted to report on the predicament of the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK) one year after the BJP-led Modi government repealed the Article 370 by going against the UN resolutions on Kashmir, BBC has revealed.
Indian nationals working for BBC are only authorized to enter and report from the IIOK. However, Indian authorities monitor their movement and decide what information goes out to the world from the occupied valley.
Besides journalists, the Indian government is yet to allow European and British parliamentarians to undertake a visit of IIOK and meet with the people living under strict lockdown and communication blackout for more than a year now.
British media has received a lot of flak for their inability to aptly cover the ongoing Kashmiri genocide even though 1 million Kashmiris are living in the UK. British Kashmiris have also launched hundreds of petitions against British media houses including SKY, BBC, and ITV for their indifference towards the plight of the people of IIOK.
BBC has justified its coverage over the situation in IIOK and reiterated its commitment towards covering the situation in IIOK from all angles.
The broadcaster reminded that it increased the BBC World Service shortwave broadcasts for Kashmir in Hindi, Urdu, and English immediately after 5 August 2019, attracting unprecedented digital traffic to their Hindi and Urdu language websites.
BBC pledged to continue its coverage on IIOK for the global audience.
We will continue our in-depth coverage of Kashmir throughout 2020 and the work of our teams in South Asia will add depth to the BBC’s coverage of the Kashmir story in the UK and internationally.