On August 20, the website and social media handles of The Kashmir Walla, a Kashmir based media platform were restricted in India by the government without any notice. Soon after, the organisation was asked to vacate its office in Srinagar by the landlord. Earlier in February 2022, the editor-in-chief of the organisation, Fahad Shah was arrested by the police and charged under draconian UAPA and PSA. Sajad Gul, who worked as trainee reporter at The Kashmir Walla is also behind bars under PSA.
The pattern clearly reflects the attempts by the central government to intimidate and harass independent journalists and press in Kashmir to muzzle the truth.