Protest Against Arrest of Journalist Asif Sultan At Press Enclave

 SRINAGAR — Kashmir Journalist Association (KJA) on Monday de­manded immediate release of Asif Sultan, assistant editor at a local magazine. He was arrested by po­lice two weeks ago.

The journalist body said the arrest of Asif is aimed at intimi­dating journalists in Kashmir who are already working under tremendous pressure.

KJA along with Kashmir Journal­ist Corp, Kashmir Working Journal­ists Association (KWJA), Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA), Kashmir Video Journalist Association assembled at Press En­clave Srinagar and and held a sit-in to press for Asif’s immediate release.

KJA appealed the Governor Satya Pal P Malik and DGP Dil­bagh Singh to intervene in the matter and order highest probe into the arrest of Asif and set him free. Asif was detained illegally for six days without any charges against him. We demand the of­ficers concerned be held respon­sible and action be taken against them for arresting a journalist.

According to Asif’s family and Editor, the case was filed against him after there was some argu­ment with the concerned Super­intendent of Police.

KJA believes that media plays an important role to strength democratic and constitutional values. However, when the press freedom is choked and journalists are harassed situation becomes dangerous to live. It may affect the basic freedom of speech.

The journalist body also ap­peals international journalist body and human right forums to take up the issue strongly with the local authorities.

KJA also appealed Press Coun­cil of India to push for the release of Asif Sultan. They have made a simple journalistic piece as basis for the case which is totally un­called for and against the ethics.

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