• CAA protests: Srinagar journalists protest police action against colleagues

    Basit Zargar

    December 20, 2019

    Srinagar journalists held placards with the words "journalism is not a crime" – demonstrating police action against three journalists who were covering Anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the city.

    On Wednesday, Journalists gathered outside the office of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, demanding that the police and administration stop targeting and harassing media professionals. A statement released by the Press Club of Kashmir says that two journalists who were covering a student protest against the CAA on Tuesday, were targeted by superintendent of police (north city) Sajad Shah and his subordinate Rashid Khan even when they disclosed their identities. "They did not stop at this and hurled choicest abuse, according to Azaan Javaid and Anees Zargar. All this is recorded in a video which also corroborates the version given by the duo from the circumstances. It appears that the two journalists were deliberately targeted," the statement said.

    A Press Club delegation led by Moazum Mohammad on Wednesday met senior superintendent of police, Srinagar. "The SSP assured the delegation of strong action against the alleged accused. He told the delegation that a departmental inquiry has been ordered and the SP headquarters has been asked to hold a time-bound inquiry and submit his report within 10 days and accordingly fix the responsibility," the statement reads.


    First published in The Citizen.

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