Srinagar, April 14
National Conference (NC) Friday expressed outrage over the incident wherein a journalist working for a local daily at Pulwama was terrorized and threatened and demanded that police file an FIR into the incident.
J&K Police should thoroughly and swiftly investigate death threats against journalist Abdul Qayoom Khan and ensure his safety,” Provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said adding that Police must prove itself to be the protector of free press and any attempts made to intimidate press be sternly dealt with. Whether it was a case of a policemen beating journalists or for that matter banning newspaper publications this regime has been at the forefront of gagging media and subjugate an opposing view. PDP perhaps wants press to be its propaganda machinery and when Qayoom exposed the sinister attempts of the regime on polling day, he was not just abused verbally but given life threats. The journalist had just performed his professional duty and reported the case of bogus voting in Beerwah by PDP,” he said.Now they are openly threatening free and independent working journalists.
If no action is taken immediately this may well herald the fall of fair and unbiased journalism in Kashmir that has even withstood last three decades of turmoil.”