September 22, 2020

Cyber police summons Srinagar-based journalist for his write-up in national news portal

Picture of a building, showing it as Cyber Police Station in story was incorrect: Cyber Police

Srinagar: A Srinagar-based journalist was summoned by cyber police for his story, which was published in a national news portal a few days back.
Aqib Javid, an accredited journalist said that on 18 September at around 5 pm, he received a call from the Cyber Police Station. “The caller told me to be present at the Cyber Police Station the next day regarding a story that I had written for Article 14. The summons was verbal as there was nothing in writing,” he said.
He added that the next day, he along with his colleagues from Kashmir Press Club (KPC) visited Cyber Police Station where he met the officials who had called him.
The accredited journalist said that they went in Cyber Police Station at 11:15 am and were allowed to go at around 04:00 pm.
Meanwhile, a police statement issued here on Monday said that on 17-09-2020, it was reliably learnt that one story captioned “The Real Cyber Bully: Police in Kashmir Question Kashmir Twitter” was published on “Article-14”, an online news portal.
“In the story, the writer depicted a misleading picture with incorrect detail. The headline and the picture with some of the content were factually incorrect hence misleading. The writer published a picture of a building showing it as Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, which is incorrect. The fact of the matter is that the Cyber Police Station has been notified as a Police Station in October-2019 and was established in the upper storey of the Police Station Shergari building,” cyber police said in a statement.
The said writer has misled the general public about the functioning of Cyber Police Station and its establishment, police said, adding that accordingly on 18-09-2020, the writer was called in the Cyber Police Station Kashmir in connection with clarification of facts mentioned in the article and on 19-09-2020, the said writer visited the Cyber Police Station Kashmir accompanied by some senior journalists from Kashmir Press Club.
“The writer admitted that the picture published in the article is incorrect and has also admitted that he has no knowledge about the functioning and establishment of Cyber Police Station Kashmir. Further the writer also admitted that he has never visited Cyber Police Station and has no knowledge regarding establishment of Cyber Police Station Kashmir at Shergari Complex. The writer and other accompanying (senior journalists) regretted the incorrect detail and assured that the story will be tweaked accordingly. On this the writer namely Aqib Javeed along with accompanying senior journalists of Kashmir Press Club asked to meet the SP Incharge Cyber Police Station Kashmir. Finally the writer accompanying other senior journalists met the SP Incharge Cyber Police Station and showed the tweaked story and regretted publishing incorrect/ misleading content. Later they left for their respective destinations,” cyber police said.
“The allegation of excesses by Police officials/ officer, published subsequently by Article-14 and other Social Media handle are misleading and factually incorrect, hence refuted,” cyber police said

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