Srinagar: Expressing “outrage over the threat to the journalist”, National Conference asked police to investigate the case and provide safety to the journalist, Abdul Qayoom Khan.
NC provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said police must “prove itself to be the protector of the free press and any attempts made to intimidate press be sternly dealt with”.
“Ever since PDP-BJP assumed power, free speech has been a casualty. Whether it was a case of policemen beating journalists or for that matter banning newspaper publications this regime has been at the forefront of gagging media and subjugate an opposing view. PDP perhaps wants press to be its propaganda machinery and when Qayoom exposed the sinister attempts of the regime on polling day, he was not just abused verbally but given life threats. The journalist had just performed his professional duty and reported the case of bogus voting in Beerwah by PDP,” he said.
“Now they are openly threatening free and independent working journalists. If no action is taken immediately this may well herald the fall of fair and unbiased journalism in Kashmir that has even withstood last three decades of turmoil.”