SRINAGAR: Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) has asked the Indian authorities to investigate the attacks on two journalists in Kashmir and identify the forces’ personnel responsible for abuses against journalists, media reports said
As per the reports, the international organisation, which promotes freedom of press, has called for investigations to identify the government forces responsible for abuses against journalists and violation of freedom of information.
The response, the reports said, has followed the attacks on two media persons recently—Muneeb Ul Islam of Kashmir Reader newspaper and Mir Javid of Kashmir News Network news agency.
Reportedly, Islam was thrashed by the paramilitary forced and later used as a human shield against the stones thrown by the civilian protesters, while Javid was assaulted in a hospital and has been threatened to dissuade him from covering the situation in Kupwara.
“We have seen many reports, often accompanied by photos, offering a shocking insight into the aggressive actions and behaviour of the security forces towards the general public and journalists in particular, who are regarded as undesired witnesses,” Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk, was quoted as saying in the report.
“We call on the authorities to carry out investigations to identify those responsible for targeted violence against journalists who risk their lives to inform their fellow citizens.
“The interior ministry, which is in charge of the Central Reserve Police Force, and chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, cannot turn a blind eye to these abuses, or else people will think the rule of law and democracy end at the gates to Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The organisation has also condemned the media blackout and harassment of local journalists by the local authorities, asking the government of India to stop using security and law and order as pretexts for acting against the media.