JKPM demands withdrawal of charges against journalists

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) has expressed strong concern over the harassment of journalists by police and called for revocation of the FIRs against them. In a statement, JKPM on Wednesdays said the recent incidents of lodging FIRs and police questioning of journalists is unacceptable “No government or administration should curb the freedom of press as this kills the spirit of democracy” said JKPM Vice President Feroze Peerzada.

Terming the questioning of senior journalist Peerzada Ashiq and FIR against author Gowher Geelani and photojournalist Masarat Zehra the most unfortunate action Feroze said that the journalists have always worked as watchdogs of the society and have highlighted the social and political issues, but the recent actions against journalists are a matter of serious concern.” Meanwhile, JKPM Vice President Advocate Tahir Iqbal while demanding the withdrawal of FIRs against senior journalist Gowher Geelani and photojournalist Masrat Zehra said, “Journalists have always shown their unbiased approach in their profession and it is for the first time that this fraternity is being targetted in J&K in such a manner. Both have demanded revocation of the FIRs against journalists.

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