Anantnag, May 30: Facebook on Thursday blocked the official page of Anantnag based independent media organization ‘The Kashmiryat’ and deleted hundreds of its posts for not “following community standards”, shocking its editors who demanded immediate restoration of the page.
A couple of weeks after our website was attacked, Facebook has unpublished our official page “The Kashmiryat” with at least 1,62,000 followers.
The Kashmiriyat has been promoting free and unbiased journalism and has taken risks to reach to the depth of various news and stories.
“These constant bars on the Freedom of speech and attacks on Freedom of press here in Kashmir is highly regrettable and needs attention of us all. Before free speech and freedom of expression is criminalized, we all need to speak out against these cages and bars,” said Qazi Shibli, Editor in chief of The Kashmiryat.
A message from Facebook said that “you won’t be able to post on Facebook until it’s finished”.
“We removed the posts, because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards,” the message said.
“Our official page should be restored soon so that our online readers are able to see and access the latest issue,” he demanded.
Facebook has censored dozens of posts and user accounts after the death of a Ghazwat-ul-Hind commander, Zakir Musa, who was killed by the government forces in an encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district on Thursday.
Academics, journalists and the pages of local newspapers are among those who have had photos, videos and entire accounts deleted by Facebook after they posted about recent events in the valley.