SRINAGAR: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) has condemned the intimidation of a reporter by a political worker of the ruling party in Pulwama district.
Abdul Qayoom Khan, working for various news organisations, was threatened and abused by a political worker belonging to the ruling People’s Democratic Party, a KEG spokesman said.
“He was accused of things he had no connection with. Soon after the verbal abuse and threats on phone,
Khan collapsed and was hospitalized,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The editor’s body, while expressing sympathies with the reporter, emphasized that such actions should not go unpunished and those responsible for intimidating and threatening reporters must be dealt with according to the law of the land.
The KEG said the political worker should have sent his version of things rather than issuing a threat.
The KEG said that stakeholders in Kashmir must avoid targeting the storyteller “if and when the story goes off the script”.
The government should ensure that such incidents are not patronized and those responsible for the act should be punished, the statement added.
The editor’s body asked police to avoid shutting eyes and take the issue seriously, as the KEG has been informed the police evaded registering a case when they were approached by Pulwama-based reporters.