Stop Deportation of Journalists from India
- By: Jennifer P.
- Target: Her Excellency Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India
On September 23, 2011, U.S. journalist David Barsamian was deported from India for reporting on Kashmir, the densest military occupation in the world. Barsamian had documented the everyday lives of Kashmiri people, a population of 10 million occupied by 600,000 actively deployed armed personnel. Barsamian isn't the first person to be deported by the Indian government for reporting on Kahsmir. In November 2010, anthropologist Richard Shapiro was deported to punish his partner, Angana Chatterji, a co-convenor of the tribunal which first chronicled the existence of unmarked mass graves in Kashmir.
Tell the Indian government that if journalists are not breaking any laws, they have a right to work in India without fear of deportation.
The Indian human rights commission recently acknowledged the existence of 2,700 unmarked graves in Kashmir. Reports of thousands of other graves are pouring in from other districts. In the face of these revelations, the Indian government has increasingly clamped down on journalists who speak up in the face of these human rights violations.
Sign this petition to let the Indian government know that foreign journalists who are operating legally have a right to investigate human rights violations without fear of deportation or arrest.
We the undersigned ask you to allow journalists to work in India without fear of deportation. On September 23, 2011, U.S. journalist David Barsamian was deported from India for documenting the lives of people living in Kashmir. After the state human rights commission's recent acknowledgment of the existence of 2,700 unmarked graves in Kashmir, it is particularly important to allow journalists access to investigate possible human rights violations. We ask that India, the largest democracy in the world, recognize that foreign journalists who are operating legally have a right to work in your country without fear of deportation or arrest.