Last updated: 28 august, 2009 - 09:20 GMT

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New media in Kashmir

Kashmir video violence

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The conflict in Kashmir has been reported over the years through traditional media channels like newspapers, radio and television, but over the two years there has been an explosion of citizen journalism.

Young men armed with their mobile phones are capturing every disturbance in the disputed state of Kashmir in an effort to combat what they see as restrictive policing.

In doing so, they have sent their images from phone to phone and loaded them on to the internet to reach an audience way beyond their borders.

The most famous of these is footage taken by a 15-year-old of mobile phone salesman Shaheed Tanveer after he was shot during a protest in 2008.

This footage of the incident, posted on YouTube, has subsequently become an important video for the disputed state's "cyber activists."

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This documentary tells the story of new media communication in Indian administered Kashmir

Producer Suvojit Bagchi, a correspondent with BBC World Service based in Delhi, India meets the people behind the mobile phones and assesses the impact of their work.

New Media in Kashmir is part of the World Stories series. These are five individual documentaries made by BBC language service producers about the region they come from.

First broadcast on Friday 28 August 2009.

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