SRINAGAR, OCT 17: Broadcast & Multimedia Journalist Association (BMJA) Kashmir strongly condemned the manhandling of media persons by policemen in Fateh Kadal locality of Srinagar where they had gone to discharge their professional duties.
BMJA General Secretary and Chief Spokesperson Irfan Quraishi in a statement issued said that the use of force against media persons by forces suggest that the media in Kashmir is being frightened and gagged.
“We strongly condemn the attack on journalists. This is an irony that the attack even took place when several senior officers from various security agencies were present on the scene. Security forces should respect the professional obligations of the media persons and must stop such objectionable behavior with the press”, Quraishi said.
He said anyone who attacks media should restrain and understand that they are caught in crossfire whenever there is sensitive atmosphere in the valley. “Attacking media or scaring them will not serve any purpose for the establishment, but it indicates lawlessness”, he said.
Almost 20 journalists including photographers, videographers and the TV reporters were beaten. Some of them have received serious injuries and they are currently in the hospital.
BMJA while strongly condemns the incident calls for a strong action against those who were involved in the act.