Journalists protest against police assault

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Mar 18: Kashmir-based editors and journalists today staged a protest against recent assault on photojournalists and camerapersons by police and sought action against the erring cops.
The editors of Kashmir-based publications, electronic and print media reporters and photojournalists assembled at Press Enclave late afternoon and staged protest against assault on senior photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa of AFP news wire and others by policemen while performing their professional duties outside the residence of hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah  Geelani on Thursday.
“Tauseef was repeatedly kicked and threatened by an officer of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Touseef today filed an application in police station Budgam,” said a spokesman of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG).
The spokesman said the Kashmir Editors Guild and print media houses have decided not to attend any police function and publish any police advertisements till the police take any action against the erring officers.
Meanwhile US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today condemned the assault on journalists by police and sought protection for working journalists. “Police in Jammu and Kashmir should protect journalists doing their jobs, not grab them by the throat,” CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler said.
“The officers responsible for this attack should be disciplined to send a clear message that the police respect the freedom of the press,” he added.


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