New York: A day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) charge sheeted photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has asked the Indian authorities to stop abusing their power.
“Indian authorities must stop abusing their power and using heavy-handed tactics to go after a photojournalist who was merely doing his job,” said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, in Washington, D.C. “Kamran Yousuf has already unjustly spent four months in jail and should be released immediately.”
According to the CPJ statement India’s NIA had charged photojournalist Kamran Yousuf with criminal conspiracy, attempting to wage war against India, and sedition, according to news reports.
Authorities charged Yousuf alongside 12 others accused of anti-state activities, reports said.
Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir region, has been in custody since September 5.