SRINAGAR Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has condemned the attack on Photojournalists in Shopian on Tuesday.
It has been reported that the journalists were delivering their professional duties during the encounter and the protests in the area when the security forces fired pellets at them. Few photo journalists have received injuries on their faces during this incident, said KPC in a statement.
KPC expressed disappointment over such incidents of targetting of journalists. It is not the first time such an incident has happened. Most unfortunate that journalists are made a targeted when they are only performing their duties. It is appalling that pellets were fired at them, said the statement.
Kashmir Press Club has asked the authorities to investigate the incident. The club expresses sympathy with the injured members of the fraternity and hopes for their speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Working Journalists Association (KWJA) also condemned the attack on Photojournalists in Shopian
In a statement KWJA members expressed sympathies with the injured photojournalists and prayed for their speedy recovery.
We at KWJA believe the repeated attacks on media fraternity is an attempt to muzzle press freedom and to prevent journalists from performing their professional duties, said a statement.
Like in the rest of India, journalists in Kashmir are coming under unwarranted threats and scrutiny, from both state and non-state players. It is no surprise that India has dipped on the press freedom index, prompting global watchdog – RSF to issue an incident report on India, the statement added.
It would be in the national interest for the authorities in India, as well as J&K, to improve their record for press freedom, rather than resort to authoritative measures, that further malign their image.
KWJA seeks intervention from J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and D G Police Dilbag Singh to put an end to the attacks on journalists, said the statement.
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