French documentary filmmaker Comiti Paul is a free man


Srinagar: A Mobile magistrate Tuesday discharged French journalist who was bailed out by a local court here after his arrest by local police for violating the visa norms.

French documentary filmmaker and award winning journalist Comiti Paul Edwards was arrested by Kothi Bagh Police on Dec 10 under section 87/2017 under section 14 (B) of Passport Act when he was video graphing the victims of rights violation on the International Day for Human Rights on December 10 in Srinagar.

The police had claimed Comiti Paul Edwards was in the Valley on a business visa but was involved in journalistic activities.

A magistrate in Srinagar had sent him for five day’s remand, he was however released on bail after the visit of French Embassy official in Srinagar who met police officers here.

Reports said that a Special Magistrate discharged him and handed him over to French embassy counselor section head, Philippe Ducornet in Srinagar. (CNS)

Employees beware, govt issues ‘social media gag’

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday ordered a social media ‘gag’ for its employees.

The guidelines issued here on Tuesday are meant to regulate the usage of social media by its employees, which includes, among others, refraining from posts prejudicial to the government.

An order, issued by the General Administration Department, said: “No government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government.”

“They shall also not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure and also shall not use their accounts in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that the government endorses or sanctions their personal activities in any manner whatsoever.

“They shall not post inflammatory, extraneous messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion,” the order said.


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