Scribes Protest Against Police Harassment in Kashmir


Srinagar, Aug 25: The journalists in Indian administered Kashmir on Thursday staged a silent protest against police harassment.

The scribes including reporters, photojournalists and videojournalists held the protest following the recent assault and detention by police of two photojournalists in Kashmir.

The journalists alleged that police and paramilitary forces beat up the journalists while discharging their professional duties during the law and order problem.

A senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari said that the media community has faced a lot of difficulties in last twenty years. “History is testimony to the fact that many of our professional colleagues were killed and some others lodged in jails,” he said.

Reporting the situation is the duty of journalist and “any type of curbs on media are unacceptable”. “We don’t want any confrontation with police but we are demanding punishment to the cops involved in the beating of two photo journalists in old city last Friday,” he said.

He said that harassing journalists and keeping them away from discharging professional duties is the deliberate attempt.

He thanked international journalist bodies for their support.

Another senior journalist said, “We demand an end to the harassment to all the journalists whether they belong to print, video or photo. The strong message should be conveyed to the top police and paramilitary authorities to ensure the security and dignity of the media”.

He said that the forces should change their mind and allow media persons to discharge their professional duties.

In the silent protest programme the journalists were holding the placards and demanding an end to the harassment by forces. They were holding placards which read, “Don’t force us to come on streets”, “Our identity is camera and pen and don’t say it is mistaken identity”.

The protests come a week after two photo-journalists including a Mexican national were allegedly assaulted by police and paramilitary forces while covering a demonstration in old city.

Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.