'Normalcy' vs reality: Conflicting narratives about Kashmir | The Listening Post (Full)

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On The Listening Post this week: In Kashmir, the foreign press and Indian media see things very differently. Plus, the challenge of investigative journalism in Albania.

Conflicting narratives about the Kashmir shutdown
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi made good on his election promise to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, he swept away what little remained of Kashmiri autonomy.

The region - officially called Jammu and Kashmir in India - is now set to come under the complete control of New Delhi.

More Indian troops have flooded in and communications have been cut off - a near-total shutdown of the internet, mobile phones and landlines that is now into its fourth week.

Two distinct news narratives have since emerged.

Most Indian news outlets describe the situation in Kashmir as one of "normalcy" and insist there has been little resistance. Then there is the handful of Indian outlets and numerous international news organisations that have discovered a very different reality on the ground.

This report contains footage shot in Srinagar during the communications blockade. The crew on the ground included producer Fahad Shah and cameraman Muzamil Aftab.


Aditya Raj Kaul - strategic affairs editor, Business Television India

Nirupama Subramanian - regional editor, The Indian Express

Mirza Waheed - journalist and novelist

Surabhi Tandon - special correspondent, France24

On our radar
Richard Gizbert hears from producer Tariq Nafi and Ana Cristina Ruelas of the NGO Article 19 about the recent spate of journalist killings in Mexico, the world's deadliest country for media workers.

Targeted: The journalists reporting politics and crime in Albania
This past January, a story by two digital news outlets in Albania confirmed what many in the country had long suspected that the relationship between politicians, the judiciary and organised crime is far too close for comfort.

The Balkans Investigative Reporting Network and Voice of America published a series of leaked phone calls between government officials - including Prime Minister Edi Rama - and crime bosses, who can be heard colluding to rig the 2016 and 2017 elections.

However, none of the senior officials implicated has been arrested. Instead, the judiciary has gone after those who leaked and published the material.

The Listening Post's Johanna Hoes reports from Tirana on politics, crime, journalism and the story the Albanian authorities are still trying to kill.


Klodiana Lala - reporter, News 24

Besar Likmeta - editor, BIRN Albania

Alice Taylor - journalist, Exit.Al & The Shift News

Flutura Kusari - media lawyer

💬 Comments on the video

Thank you Aljazeera for showing the truth. My cousin was going to marry on 18 August, I still don't know if he got married!!

Author — Haroon rashid


Thank god that atleast some international news channels have taken stand for the people of kashmir..becoming the voice of voiceless..

Author — Jeet Singh


Thanks Al Jazera for showing true pic. shame on mainstream media for misguidimy India

Author — Abdul Malik


Shame on Indian media for becoming a complete gulam of Modi govt.

Author — sajid choudhury


Thanks al jazeera for telling the truth. (indians don't abuse here, if you cannot digest the truth)

Author — malik Abdullah


thank you Al jazeera. Lots of love from Pakistan and Kashmir, we love you from the core of our hearts for telling the truth to the world.

Author — Mubashir Murtaza


2:24 sir let me correct you not ten thousand it was around fifty thousand ??

Author — aa_bb_cm00


Big thx to Aljazeera. The Indians needed this video. They need to wake up

Author — octagon Leo


We stand with Kashmir.. Indian Army stop ckilling IN Kashmir.. From Pakistan

Author — Najeeb rajput


Gr8 work Al Jazeera
Shame on you Indian media

Author — Mohsin Ali


Thank you very much aljazeera your showing the real pictures of Kashmir 💖❤💖❤🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
I m from iok I work in Saudi Arabia I m in Jeddah now I can't connect my family last 5week I don't know how's May family we want freedom inshallah

Author — Muzaffar Kaloo


Al-Jazeera we love u for showing us the reality...!!! Thanku for supporting Kashmir innocent people's

Author — KinG KhAn


Plz do a similar investigation about current Indian electoral process

Author — gksurabhi


Freedom from Kashmir

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Author — زهرة الورد


Thank you aljazeera team for reporting Kashmir issue.

Author — Bashir Mulla


India is exposed all over the world by international media Houses

Author — DooMING CELEBs


should be inspiring to those channels who has lost their credibility

Author — Zulfiqar Ali


India should give mexico like media treatment to Al-jazeera and

Author — Mobjective ms


9:20 is this guy brainwashed, delusional or on drugs? please tell me

Author — Muhammmad Umer


Modi has made the Kashmiris of the valley Non Indian citizens. He must be considering them as bargaining chips against Pakistan. Basically they are locked down hostages.

Author — Syed Ahmed