Urges govt to stop ‘witch-hunt’ of journalists
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Press Association (JKPA) on Wednesday said media has come under attack as “has become manifestly clear after picking up some journalists regardless of the fact that they are engaged in the discharge of their professional obligations”.
“This has established (the fact) that authorities are bent upon muzzling the press and not allowing the truth prevail,” JKPA said in a statement issued here.
“It needs to be placed on record that journalism aims at collection of facts honestly and projecting them faithfully so that truth comes out and reaches public in proper perspective,” the statement said, adding that such an endeavour requires commitment to the noble profession but entails encouragement and security by the powers be.
“The Executive must know that freedom of expression is guaranteed under the Constitution of India and any suppression and coercion tantamount to violation of the fundamental rights of the people working in the domain of media. It is for their protection that ‘World Press Freedom Day’ is observed on May 3 every year worldwide,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the JKPA has urged the state government to preserve and protect the fourth pillar of democracy and refrain from “arm-twisting and witch-hunt and allow journalists of all categories and classes to work fearlessly”.
“They have noble task to perform which needs free atmosphere and not suffocated environment. No doubt, journalists have equal responsibility to discharge their professional obligations faithfully and objectively, the state government should release the incarcerated scribes without any further procrastination to show that it is committed to the freedom of expression,” the JKPA said.