French journo arrested for violating visa, passport norms in JK

Doris Richards
December 11, 2017

(Web Desk) - 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.

According to a senior police officer, Comiti Paul Edward was arrested from Kothi Bagh area of Srinagar on Sunday evening for violation of visa norms.

Police officials said that Comiti arrived in Kashmir on a business visa around 10 days ago.

A business visa does not allow anyone to make a documentary on political or security-related issues, he maintianed.

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday asked Jammu and Kashmir police "to clear its position" on the detention of an award-winning freelance French journalist who continued to remain in the jail for the third consecutive day.

Police have also seized Edward's camera and other gadgets.

Police said that they had registered an FIR (87/2017) under section 14 (B) Passport Act and Edward was now lodged in Police Station Kothibagh. Police intimated the French Embassy in New Delhi about the matter. The journalist added that he had met with military officials, militants and human rights lawyers during his two-week stay in Kashmir. He won the award for reporting on French soldiers ambushed in Afghanistan. "He was documenting pellet victims and interviewing separatists", said the officer.

According to a police officer, global journalists need a special permission-visa to work in Kashmir.

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