Srinagar: Kashmir based journalists staged a sit-in at press enclave in Srinagar on Sunday against the arrest of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and said that the charges against him should be made public.
Journalists working with different media organizations assembled in the press enclave and held a protest against the detention of Kashmir based freelance journalist Kamran Yusuf and asked the state government to intervene.
Meanwhile, the journalists questioned NIA for arresting their colleague.
The journalists in an open message asked NIA to make the charges public so that they would also come to know about the reasons for arresting him.
“Our simple demand is that the NIA should come with charges leveled against Kamran,” said the journalist. “Journalist fraternity should be at least informed that why he has been arrested. What is the reason behind his detention?” Kashmir based journalist Naseer Ganie said.
He added that Kamran has been arrested by NIA but nobody has been given any explanations regarding his detention. “He further said that the state government should intervene and tell us why he was arrested and what the charges against him are,” he said.
“The charges against Kamran should be made public. The journalistic community and his family have the right to know on what charges he was arrested by NIA. Covering protests, uploading pictures or videos, and reaching the spots first are no crime. It was his work for which no journalist or photojournalist should be arrested.” said journalist Majid Maqbool.
The Journalists also expressed concern regarding the arrest of Kamran Yousuf who was arrested by the NIA on September 5, 2017 and flown to Delhi where a court sent him to ten days NIA custody. But the charges against him have not been made public till date. Kamran is a resident of Tahab Pulwama and would contribute photos/videos to Greater Kashmir.
They said they would again hold protest against Kamran’s arrest on Monday if he is not released.