Indian police’s assault on media persons in IIOJK denounced

Srinagar, August 17 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, journalists bodies have strongly denounced the assault by Indian police on the media persons, who were covering a Muharram procession in Srinagar, today.

Scores of media persons including photojournalists were thrashed by the Indian men in uniform when they were performing their professional duties at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar, today. The journalists said that the policemen from Shergari Police Station beat them to the pulp without any provocation. Videos of policemen thrashing media persons went viral on social media, drawing strong condemnation from various quarters including political and religious leaders.

Kashmir Press Club (KPC) in a statement termed the police action as “unfortunate” and “uncalled for”. It said the media persons were only performing their duties. The KPC demanded action against the concerned policemen involved in the incident and urged the higher authorities in police to sensitise their rank and file to respect the media freedom.

“Police authorities need to respect the freedom of the press as enshrined under the Constitution and ensure strict disciplinary action against the guilty policemen involved in the incident,” the KPC said.

Editors Federation headed by Muzaffar Khan in a statement demanded of the occupation authorities to order an enquiry and take necessary action against the policemen involved in the incident besides. It also urged the authorities to ensure the safety of journalists in the field and also make sure that such incidents are not repeated in future.

The Editors Federation reiterates that the police authorities need to respect the freedom of the press.