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... On May 8, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti lectured the media about showing Kashmiris in poor light or branding them all as stone pelters. A day before, her government sought action against 34 TV channels beamed from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Mufti’s comments about a section of the media thriving on the negative portrayal of Kashmiri youth and displaying an inherent bias against Kashmir may not be entirely misplaced. Many TV channels do paint Kashmiris as ‘anti-nationals’, provoked and paid by terror groups. They refuse to accommodate the many shades of the Kashmir conflict. And yet her sweeping remarks for all of the national media were surely an example of superficial, glib commentary. In fact, Mehbooba was trivialising the Kashmir situation by describing the present cycle of violence merely as another up-and-down the Valley has seen since 1947. She insisted that this was reversible. ...Indian Express on May 9, 2017, 4:59 p.m.