KPC Condemns Harassment of Journalists

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Srinagar: The Kashmir Press Club on Thursday expressed its concern over the continued harassment of journalists by the police and said that such acts are a clear violation of press freedom.

In a statement issued to media, KPC said that a Kashmir based journalist Fahad Shah, has brought to the notice of the club that he was summoned by Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Cyber Cell on Wednesday afternoon.

“As per his statement he was let go after over four hours and during his stay at the Police Station was questioned about the reportage in his newspaper of an encounter in Srinagar,” the KPC said.

Citing earlier instances when other journalists were summoned by the police for their stories, the KPC said that it has condemned all such incidents and has noted that such summons and FIRs are aimed at harassing and intimidating the journalists and thus are a clear violation of the press freedom.

The club urged the highest authorities in the administration & police to take a look at these issues, so that the journalists reporting from the valley are provided a conducive atmosphere to work.

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