The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has condemned the alleged thrashing of three journalists, who work as stringers for various news organisations, by the police in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday.
According to a statement, the KPC said that the incident happened when these individuals were covering the ongoing DDC elections in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning.
In a distress call to the club Fayaz Lolu who works as a stringer with ETV Bharat stringer told the KPC management that he along with two other Journalists Mudasir Qadri (stringer with News 18 Urdu) and Junaid Rafiq (TV 9) were “beaten” today while covering the ongoing DDC elections in Srigufwara area of South Kashmir.
He according to KPC also said that their news gathering equipments were also seized by the police. Fayaz Lolu alleged that it was when the SSP of Anantnag arrived on the spot that they were beaten up ruthlessly and taken to the nearest police post. Fayaz further stated that Junaid has been injured and was in hospital.
The KPC terms this incident unfortunate and calls for a thorough inquiry into the incident. We hope strict action against is taken against those found guilty in this act perpetrated in utter disregard of the freedom of the press. The KPC further urges the Chief Electoral Officer to take note of such incidents and initiate action against the concerned police official.
The KPC further urges that the authorities should ensure that an enabling atmosphere is created for the free and fair functioning of the media in Kashmir.