Police chief regrets manhandling of photojournalists

Police chief regrets manhandling of photojournalists

Srinagar: Regretting an incident of manhandling of photojournalists, the Jammu and Kashmir police Tuesday said that it were mulling special identification badges for lensmen belonging to media organisations to facilitate their field work.
“While regretting the recent unfortunate incident involving a photojournalist and a police officer, DGP S P Vaid hoped that such isolated instances will not come in the way of the energised approach of the law enforcing agency and the media fraternity. The matter is being looked into,” an official spokesman said.
Vaid said that the police in consultation with the media fraternity intend to provide special identification badges to photo journalists so that they are facilitated in performing their professional duties.
The statement comes two days after Kashmir Editor’s Guild (KEG), an organization of local media houses, decided to boycott police till Vaid apologised for manhandling of photojournalists by a police officer last Thursday outside pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani’s residence.
The KEG has also demanded action against the police officer.
Vaid lauded the media-police relations, saying that the two institutions have been working in complete harmony and in a spirit of camaraderie amid challenging situations.
It is heartening that the media and the police are performing their professional responsibilities by understanding each other fully, even at times when the situation unfolds numerous challenges, he said.
The DGP hoped that the media, being the fourth pillar of democracy, will perform its professional obligations in most conducive atmosphere and assured that the police will always facilitate their job by providing all sort of assistance.

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