Srinagar, Jun 23: The Executive Members of Jammu and Kashmir Press Association (JKPA) held an emergency meeting under the Chairmanship of its President GH Kaloo today and termed the statement of Lal Singh as an open assault on Fourth Estate and condemned it in unequivocal terms.
It is worth mentioning that the Media has remained under attack in J&K State in general but in Kashmir Valley in particular. We lost many precious Journalists in the past and the wounds caused due to Shujaat Bukhari’s cold blooded murder are yet in the healing stage but Singh’s open threat is a big challenge to the Freedom of Press and violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed under the Constitution of India. His statement is pregnant with startling revelations which must help to the Investigating Agencies engaged in collecting evidence to nab the culprits responsible for the elimination of renowned Journalist in the most sensitive area of Summer Capital of J&K State.
The JKPA reserves right to proceed against Lal Singh legally for open threat to Media which tantamounts to the muzzling of Press and threat to the lives of Journalists working in strained circumstances in Kashmir Valley. (KNS)