Thursday, 9 December 2021

French journalist detained in Indian Occupied Kashmir


SRINAGAR: A French journalist has been detained by Indian authorities in Indian Occupied Kashmir where he was making a documentary on security in the disputed territory.

Paul Comiti, the French journalist, was detained on Saturday in Srinagar because of visa irregularities, according to police officials.

The 47-year-old said that he had been followed before his arrest on Saturday. Speaking to AFP by telephone from the Kothi Bagh police station where he was still in detention on Monday, he said the intelligence services were very nervous and had been following him for several days.

According to Comiti, he was taken to the station by security forces after going to a demonstration on human rights.

Meanwhile, the police authorities claimed that Comiti had been held because he entered India on a business visa, and not one for journalists.

To these allegations, Comiti said he had sought permission from the Indian authorities two months ago to film the documentary for a production company owned by his father. The journalist added that he had met with military officials, militants and human rights lawyers during his two-week stay in Kashmir.

The French embassy in New Delhi said it was in contact with Comiti.

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