Jama'at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has taken strong exception to what it termed as "malicious attempts" of certain New Delhi based media outlets "to defame defaming religious organizations and institutions in the state."
"These media outlets instead of discharging their professional duties by dispassionately reporting the ground realities of Kashmir, are playing in the hands of anti-Islam and anti-Kashmir forces in defaming religious organizations and institutions particularly Jama'at-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith of the State," said a statement issued by Jama'at's Press and Information Bureau.
"India's policy makers and security agencies have always sought to hide the ground realities of Jammu and Kashmir from the world in general and Indian masses in particular in order to prevent progress of any favorable opinion viz a viz resolution of Kashmir dispute. For this, the policy makers of New Delhi have always sought to make scapegoats instead of addressing the root cause of the dispute which is fuelling the recurrent pro-freedom protests and demonstrations in Kashmir," the statement said.
The statement said that Jama'at has started consultations with other member organizations of Majlis-e-Itehad-e-Millat, a united forum of Kashmir's all major religious organizations headed by Grand Mufti of J&K, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din Ahmed.
"The forum will soon initiate legal action against these media outlets that have started a defamation campaign against religious organizations, masjids and religious institutions in the state," it said.
"Jama'at appreciates those local journalists working with these New Delhi based news channels who have refused to take anti-Kashmir dictates from their bosses in New Delhi. Jama'at also appeals other local journalists to follow suit. It is the result of honesty and adherence to professional values by these local journalists that the Delhi Bureaus of these outlets were forced to parachute non-local journalists to broadcast propaganda programmes from Kashmir," the statement said.
"Jama'at also appreciates the local media for discharging their professional duties resiliently in these difficult times, even as many of their colleagues too have been targeted and wounded for forces," it added.