Livid at police highhandedness, major newspapers to stop publishing police statements, ads

Livid at police highhandedness, major newspapers to stop publishing police statements, ads

KEG asks DGP to apologise for assault on AFP photographer
SRINAGAR: All major English and Urdu language newspapers in Kashmir will not publish police press statements or advertisements from the police department till the director general of police apologises for an assault on reputed photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa by a police officer on Thursday.
Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), an organisation of owners/editors of major newspapers, said the boycott of police handouts and advertisements will continue also till the DGP initiates an action against the said officer.
At a meeting, KEG members took a strong note of “unwarranted police action against news photographers” and regretted recurrence of such assaults that makes photographers’ work difficult.
“Given the fact that the police have not even registered an FIR, for which the photographers have already moved an application, the KEG decided that it will, in protest, not publish any press note of the police or any advertisement from the police organization till police chief does not apologise for the assault and act against the accused officials,” a KEG spokesman said in a statement.
The police officer had caught Tauseef by throat and repeatedly attempted to assault him despite being restrained by a policeman.
The KEG said the police “attempted harming news photographers by running a vehicle over them and made a serious bid on the life of Tauseef Mustafa by trying to strangulate him.
“This was done by a police officer under the full glare of the camera,” the statement said.
After the meeting, KEG president Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo led a protest march in solidarity with photographers. Journalists and photographers working for various organisations besides KEG members participated in the protest.
The KEG also discussed various issues confronting the institution of media and took a series of decisions.

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