Srinagar- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a global body for press freedom, has demanded the immediate release of incarcerated Kashmiri journalists Aasif Sultan and Qazi Shibli.
“In midst of #COVID19Pandemic, Jammu & Kashmir authorities should follow High Court’s direction and release journalists Aasif Sultan and Qazi Shibli. Charges against Sultan and Shibli must also be dropped,” tweeted the Asia Desk of CPJ.
In midst of #COVID19Pandemic, Jammu & Kashmir authorities should follow High Court's direction and release journalists Aasif Sultan and Qazi Shibli.
Charges against Sultan and Shibli must also be dropped.#FreeAasifSultan #FreeQaziShiblihttps://t.co/6yVbDIsibv
— CPJ Asia (@CPJAsia) April 7, 2020
Aasif Sultan is imprisoned in Central Jail Srinagar since August 2018. He has been booked Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his alleged involvement in militant activities, a charge denied by his family.
Qazi Shibli, a south Kashmir based journalist was arrested by police days before abrogation of article 370 during last year.
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