Indian media out to defame every Kashmiri: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, May 19: Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik on Friday accused Indian media of taking “diktats from security forces to defame the freedom movement” in Kashmir.
Addressing a hurriedly called presser after an India Today reporter accused him of assaulting her, Malik said that the Indian media is labeling each and every Kashmiri as a “paid agents”.
“They want to discredit our freedom struggle by labeling every stone pelter, student protestors as paid agents. The Indian media should wear the army’s uniform. They are here to do the PR exercise of security forces rather them showing their real face,” Malik said.
“They (security forces) are killing innocent Kashmiri, blinding thousands and then accuse us of being paid agents. Is this what they call journalism?” questioned Malik.
He said: “Indian reporters are army agents in civil uniform.”
“Kashmir freedom struggle is like prayers for us and we will never be cowed down by misleading reports carried out by the TV channels,” said Yasin.
“Our inspiration is Muhammad Maqbool Bhat; he taught us how to sacrifice life for Kashmir cause. Threating me or opening cases against me will not deter my struggle for freedom movement,” Malik said.
He lashed out at the Indian media for calling those sacrificing their lives for Kashmir as paid agents. “Do you think people here sacrifice their lives for Rs 600? It is shame on you. Go check their family backgrounds. They are educated youth coming from good families,” he said.
He said that this “Indian media onslaught is against Kashmir and they want to insult our movement.” “India spends crores of rupees in Kashmir then why there is so much dissent against them. If Kashmir freedom struggle was running on money, this movement should have never succeeded,” he said.
JKLF chairman said that to cover the “atrocities” of security forces in Kashmir, India has “sent their media here to create dramas and other means to defame our struggle”.
“For increasing TRPs they are doing all these dramas. Their main motive is to muzzle our voices but that will never happen,” he said.
Reacting to the claims of New Delhi-based journalist Kamaljit Sandhu that Malik assaulted and latter snatched her phone, Malik said that the India Today crew “barged into his bedroom” on the pretext of interviewing him while he was sleeping.
“She lied to my sister that she had an appointment for an interview with me. She suddenly barged into my bedroom when I was asleep and starting shooting and recording on her mobile phone," he said.
"This shocked me. I objected to her behavior. I snatched her mobile phone and asked her to leave my bedroom. She then started crying and alleging that I had manhandled her."
Malik said: "I am asking the media fraternity whether this is the right way of interviewing a person?"
He said he had filed a complaint of criminal and malicious trespass against the journalist.
Yasin Malik also challenged Indian media to prove whether he has purchased any property in the name of freedom struggle. “I have a two-room house in Maisuma, which belongs to my mother. I don’t have any property anywhere,” he said.
Reacting to the India Today’s sting operation on separatist leader, Yasin Malik said he can’t speak on behalf of them. “They will defend their own stories and versions. But through these tapes they want to insult the whole freedom struggle,” he said.

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