Editors Guild of India condemns police backed coup at Kashmir Press Club

New Delhi, January 16 (KMS): The Editors Guild of India has condemned what it termed as ‘coup’ at Kashmir Press Club; and slammed the administration in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir to smother press freedom in the territory with help of police who have been “brazenly complicit in it”.

Editors Guild of India in a tweet from its official twitter handle said, “The Editors Guild of India is aghast at the manner in which the office and the management of Kashmir Press Club, the largest journalists’ association in the Valley, was forcibly taken over by a group of journalists with the help of armed policemen on January 15, 2022.”

Press Club of India also expressed its deep concern with the developments with Kashmir Press Club. It demanded that the democratic process of holding elections be allowed in a peaceful manner.

Srinagar-based renowned journalist Kamran Yousuf said, amid presence of police personnel, Kashmir Press Club was taken over by a group of journalists led by Saleem Pandit, Zulfkar Majid and Arshid Rasool, that many termed was an illegal move while a previous body elected democratically was thrown out.”

PDP Chairperson Mehbooba Mufti said, “The state sponsored coup at KPC would put the worst dictators to shame. State agencies here are too busy overthrowing elected bodies & firing govt employees instead of discharging their actual duties. Shame on those who aided and facilitated this coup against their own fraternity.”