Will discuss ongoing siege against freedom of press with NUJ I : Executive Committee
Srinagar: Taking strong note of ongoing intimidations against journalists by law enforcement agencies, the Jammu and Kashmir journalists Union’s JKJU Executive Committee called a emergency meeting and discussed the issue .
The meeting was held through virtual video conference and members of many district units also participated .
Executive committee have unanimously decided to take up current situation of Journalists in Kashmir with National Union of Journalists India and discuss about the threats and intimidations recieved by reputed journalists from law enforcement agencies .
“From last week , Police has filed FIRs against three journalists, which has raised concerns among our ranks .We live in a democratic country and such incidents will not be tolerated,” said a core member of committee
JK Police has booked journalists, Peerzada Ashiq and Masrat Zahra ,they have now filed FIR against journalist Gowhar Geelani.
Committee in its joint statement said that , these journalists have a history of good reporting , have always followed ethics and SOPs of reporting . The charges failed against these Journalists , must be taken back and law enforcement agencies should stop such action.
The Executive Committee said that, when whole world is cheering up journalists and media persons for fearless reporting in prevailing situation of Coronavirus pandemic , our own agencies are taking a strange path ,which can only lead to confusion and chaos.
” To stop journalists from exposing uncomfortable truths and investigate hidden stories ,can’t help out to anyone . People at helm of affairs must understand , reality finds its way out and buying true facts is part of making democracy more realistic”.