Srinagar: Terming the police attack on journalists at Hyderpora as the worst form of “state sponsored terrorism”, a Hurriyat spokesman on Thursday said that the incident points to the fact that Jammu and Kashmir has practically been converted into a police state.
The spokesman said that if journalists were subjected to such treatment, it could easily be understood as to what common people would be going through on daily basis.
Terming the mishandling of journalists, Touseef Mustafa, Farooq Khan, Shuaib Masoodi, Imran Nissar and others as undermining the fourth pillar of democracy, the spokesman said that the freedom of speech and expression was under direct attack from the state. He further stated that this incident shows how difficult it is for the journalists to carry out their professional duty on the ground, adding the government was using arm-twisting to pressurize the journalists so that the truth does not come out before the world.
Terming the manhandling of the journalists by the police as violation of democratic norms and human values, the spokesman said that it also exposes the tall claims of democracy and the freedom of speech of the rulers.
The spokesman lauded the work done by journalists in highlighting the cause of Kashmir around the world despite facing such “coercion and intimidation from the state apparatus”.