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Tea Leaves

Dodging India's media curbs in Kashmir

Under government pressure, self-censorship is growing in troubled region

Kashmiri journalists display laptops and placards during a protest demanding restoration of internet service in Srinagar, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Nov. 12, 2019.   © Reuters

When several young Muslims taking part in a religious procession were blinded by lead pellets fired by security forces in Kashmir in late August India's national newspapers and the international media caught the horror with pictures of teenagers with ruptured eyeballs and mutilated eye sockets.

In Kashmir, however, readers were hard-pressed to find even a mention of the event in the next day's regional press.

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