Earlier this week, the Jammu and Kashmir state investigation agency filed a chargesheet against the Kashmir Walla editor Fahad Shah and research scholar Abdul Aala Fazili in a case of “narrative terrorism” – a report filed by Fazili for Shah’s website 11 years ago.
The chargesheet was filed on October 13. as saying: “The case relates to narrative terrorism wherein as part of a criminal conspiracy to spread terrorism and create a false narrative, accused Fazili, by his highly provocative and seditious write-up, intended to create unrest, and aid and abet the gullible youth to take the path of violence.”
This “highly provocative” article – headlined “The shackles of slavery will break” – was on November 6, 2011. Fazili had been in connection with it and was booked under the UAPA and other penal charges. The agency had also conducted raids on his home, the Kashmir Walla office, and the home of Shah. In July, both Shah and Fazili were by an NIA court in Jammu.
Shah had first been arrested on February 4 in Pulwama for sharing “anti-national” content on social media. In March, he was booked under the Public Safety Act. on how his arrest reveals a pattern in how Kashmir journalists are targeted.
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