Kashmir Police Files Case Against Another Journalist

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday filed a criminal case against another journalist over his social media posts terming them “prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India”

The cyber wing of police filed case against prominent journalist and author Gowhar Geelani for unlawful activities, including glorifying militancy in Kashmir valley, causing disaffection against the country and causing fear or alarm in the minds of public that may lead to commission of offences against public tranquility and the security of State.

 “Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar has received information through reliable sources that an individual namely Gowher Geelani is indulging in unlawful activities through his posts and writings on Social Media platform which are prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India,” the police statement said.

The statement further added that several complaints have also been received against the “said individual for threatening and intimidation”.

“A Case FIR No. 11/2020 under the relevant sections of law has been registered at Cyber Police Station Kashmir and investigation initiated,” the handout added.

The case against Geelani comes a day after a female photojournalist and a correspondent of a national daily were booked under various sections of the IPC and the UAPA. Several media organizations, including CPJ, RSF, besides political parties and trade bodies have condemned the cases against the female journalist Masrat Zahra and Pirzada Ashiq.

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