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Indian media decree threatens Kashmir journalists' jobs

Regional police warn of sanctions for those who publish 'anti-national' news

Journalists covering a gunfight in downtown Srinagar in Kashmir where over a dozen of residential houses were damaged during the operation in May. (Photo by Umer Asif)

SRINAGAR -- Every time a gunfight starts between armed rebels and Indian forces in Kashmir, Qisar Mir, 22, a photojournalist from the town of Pulwama, quickly slings a camera across his shoulder, mounts his motorbike and speeds off.

Mir makes a living taking video and photos of such skirmishes -- mortar shells, corpses, burning houses. If the visuals do not make it to his editors on time -- he competes with some of India's powerful and access-driven wire news agencies -- Mir loses out on a payday.

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