Journalists protest, denounce Lal Singh’s threat
Srinagar, Jun 26: The Valley journalists on Tuesday staged a protest against the assassination of veteran journalist and Editor-in-chief of ‘Daily Rising Kashmir’, Syed Shujaat Bukhari and the threat to Kashmiri journalists by BJP MLA, Lal Singh.
The journalists from different organisations including freelancers assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave and marched towards Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) here to protest against the killing of Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari.
Dr Shujaat was killed by unidentified persons on Jun 14, 2018 soon after he came out from his Rising Kashmir office in Srinagar’s press enclave.
A suspect has also been arrested following his killing.
The scribes were holding placards and banners reading slogans in favour of slain journalist and against Lal Singh.
Notably, Singh had warned Kashmiri journalists to draw a line between reporting facts and supporting militants or face the fate of ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari.
“Kashmiri journalists have created an erroneous atmosphere and I would like to ask them to draw a line…You want to live like what happened to Basharat (Shujaat Bukhari)…Take care of yourselves and draw a line so that the brotherhood is not broken and it is maintained so that progress and development is ensured,” Singh had told reporters in Jammu on last Friday.
The protesting scribes denounced the threat to the media persons and also the killing of Shujaat, urging the authorities to come up with the facts about his assassination.
“At least 19 journalists were killed by the unknown assailants so far but the authorities have failed to expose these unknown assailants,” Adil Hussain, a photojournalist said.
He said that the despite probing the killing of slain journalists, the authorities are yet to come up with the facts about their killings. “We are expecting that a free hand will be given to journalist to work in the conflict zone here,” he said.
He said that the media is being suppressed by one way or another here. “On one hand the media persons are being killed by the unknown assailants in Kashmir while on the other hand the authorities are creating hurdles in our field by frequently suspending the internet facilities, putting a media gag and other things,” he said. (KNS)