Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Journalist Union, a leading body of Journalists in Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday strongly condemned “attack and unnecessary harassment” of journalists during coverage of “Jashn-e-Baramulla” at Baramulla in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District.
In a statement, General Secretary of the union Azhar Bukhari was concerned over the incident of thrashing Journalists and damaging their equipments and appealed authorities to stop these kind of atrocities on the part of security personels. General secretary said that this kind of act is simply murder of the fourth pillar of democracy. He said that this is high time to realize the need for a free and fair press.
Syed Junaid Ul Islam, President of the union said that an alleged attack on journalists in their line of duty is an assault on media freedom.
He urged authorities concerned to ensure full security to the media in the discharge of their duties as the Fourth Estate and a serious investigation into the matter. Both President and General secretary demand a thorough investigation into the matter.
As per the reports, three Journalists were allegedly beaten by the army personnel present at the function where Bollywood actor Amisha Patel was the Chief Guest. The journalists allegedly beaten include Suhail Khan, Online editor Kashmir Despatch, Kashmir Crown Reporter Ashiq Mir and Mudasir.