Press under attack, Journalists loses their lives in acting tough against corrupt mafia

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By Fast Kashmir on 14/06/2018.

Press under attack, Journalists loses their lives in acting tough against corrupt mafia

“Senior Editor Shujaat Bukhari shot death in Kashmir”


By SHAFQAT SHAHEEN SHEIKH

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Srinagar, June 14: In Democratic India , Press is called as 4th piller of Democracy and every citizen of India is having right of freedom to speech and expression under Article 19 of Indian Constitution .
Under Article 19 , everyone who is residing in India is having to express his views and ideas as per constitutional rights. But Unfortunately “Press” in India is losing freedom of speech as every coming day Journalist and Reproters are begin harassed and threatened and even being killed by corrupt mafies , not to act tough aganist their corrupt practices .
Everyone in society is watching his / her intrest toward poor masses , someone in society appericiated his/her work and corrupt mafies always criticise his / her working culture as the Journalist is acting tough against his corrupt practices .
In India Journalists are facing violent threats or attacks for their work . In India Journalist working in states and inter district are at risk who dares to speak truth and raise voice through print and electronic media .
Reporter’s of small newspapers are facing hardship as they are not having any special protection and are rasing voice of poor masses to become state and national level Reporter of print or electronic media.
It’s black Thursday in history of Kashmir , as in the evening hours Senior Journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-Chief Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead in Srinagar by unidentified assailants. According to reports via social networking sites, Bukhari’s personal security officer also got critically injured in the attack. Bukhari was attacked by armed assailants in Press Colony near Lal Chawk in Srinagar, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His personal security officer also died in the attack.
According to officials, Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leaving his office for an iftar party when he was shot. While one of the personal security officers guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured in the attack.
The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical. It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley.
This was not the first attempt of the life of the veteran Kashmiri journalist. Shujaat Bukhari was earlier attacked in 2000, following which he was given police protection. Earlier when reports of the attack on the veteran journalist came in, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that he was in “complete shock”. After the confirmation of Bukhari’s death, the former chief minister expressed his grief saying he was “shocked beyond words”.
As the report of Bukhari’s death came in, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the “act of mindless violence”. She said, “Shocked and deeply saddened by sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. Strongly condemn this act of mindless violence and pray for his soul to rest in peace.
After the killing of Sujjhat Bukahari Senior Journalist of Jammu and Kashmir state has again raised the question on the state authorities.
The Journalists across whole India and particularly in Jammu and Kashmir are always facing continuous threats from the corrupt mafias in the locality and political pressure.
Soon All India Reporter’s Association National Chairman and General Secretary of India World Aid Organisation for Human Rights Amb Mohd Tariq Zaki was informed about this shocking incident , He was ashamed and expressed his shock over killing of Senior Journalist in Kashmir .
Amb Mohd Tariq Zaki conveying his heartfelt condolence with bukhari family beside prays for his soul to remain peace in higher attitude of Jannah .
Beside Amb Mohd Tariq Zaki said that He will file a complaint to National Human Rights Commission Manav Adhikar Bhawan New Delhi and will demand strick action involved in killing of Sujjhat Bukhari .
Strengthening the 4th piller of democracy and supporting Article 19 of Indian Constitution , State and district administration have to provide security to every journalists and social RTI activists who dares to expose the mafias and corrupt practices of officials through print and electronic media.
In Jammu and Kashmir , many Journalists , Reporter’s and other RTI activists are being harrased and facing threats from corrupt officials and politicians and creating their pressure on journalists and reporters , they leave no stone unturns to tourture his / her family by different ways .
Sometimes decision are taken in favour of corrupt mafias and officers by creating political pressure upon administration and investigating agencies.
One who is loyal toward his /her profession and never afraid of loosing life but still need support so that a journalist may serve society by presenting the truth in front of society through print and electronic media .
{The author is Freelance Journalist / Columnist and is State Secretary All Indian Reporter’s Association Jammu and Kashmir and can be reached at

[email protected], 09419974577 }.