Decry killing of Shujaat Bukhari, threats to media
Srinagar: The journalist fraternity of Kashmir Tuesday took out a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and against threats by former minister Lal Singh against Kashmir based media.
The journalists demanded that assassin of Bukhari be brought to book, and action be taken against BJP lawmaker Lal Singh for threatening Kashmiri journalists.
The newsmen led by members of Kashmir Editors Guild assembled at Press Enclave Srinagar and marched towards city centre.
The protest march was also joined by veteran journalists Muhammad Sayeed Malik and Jammu based editor of Kashmir Times Anuradha Basin Jamwal. Shujaat had started his career from the same newspaper.
“Brutal killing of journalist Dr. Shujaat Bukhari is an attempt to murder of freedom of speech but it would not hush the rest of newsmen to pen down the truth, besides we demand the investigation of the murder at earliest,” journalist Gowher Geelani said.
On Lal Singh’s threats to Kashmir media, Geelani said Singh is a serial offender and demanded action be taken against him.
Veteran journalist Anuradha Basin Jamwal said the controversial statement by BJP MLA “days after the brutal killing of veteran journalist Dr Shujaat Bukhari, directly means that BJP is doing its attempts to create tension and violence in Kashmir.” .
“It is shattering that the journalists are being killed coldheartedly and also being threatened, even by the politicians,” said Ajiaz Ganiae, a freelance journalist .
“These ruthless acts could only delay the truth for a while. They can kill a human being but cannot kill a message and an idea,” he said.
The protest was led by Kashmir Editors Guide (KEG), and joined in by most of the Kashmir Working Journalists Association, Kashmir Journalists Association, Kashmir Press Photographers Association, and Kashmir Video Journalist Association, and others.
The protestors were holding placards reading containing slogans condemning the killing of slain journalist. Other placards read slogans against BJP MLA Lal Singh.