September 16, 2020

KPC condemns thrashing of scribes in Pulwama

Srinagar: Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday strongly condemned the thrashing of three journalists by Jammu and Kashmir Police in Pulwama. “Going by the account of Kamran, it is clear that the police has targeted the journalists to stop them from carrying out their professional work which is reprehensible,” KPC said, adding that the Club wanted to make it clear that this is not the first incident where journalists have been targeted by the forces and stopped from carrying out their professional work.
“In the past too many such incidents of harassment, thrashing and summons to media persons have been brought to the notice of the authorities at the highest level,” KPC said.
The management of the Club while demanding strong action against the policemen involved in today’s incident urged the top brass of the J&K police and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to take note of such difficulties media persons face while delivering their duties on the ground.
The Club urged the authorities particularly the police to sanitise their ranks about respecting and upholding the press freedom in Kashmir.
However, police in a tweet said that the media persons tried to move close to the encounter site following which they were duly stopped.
“Today an exchange of fire took place at village Marwal between terrorists and SFs. Cordon was placed to prevent people from venturing inside as that would have endangered their security. However some media persons tried to move close who were duly stopped,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted

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