KJA calls on govt to stop physical attacks on journalists

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Government forces beating up and later detaining three journalists of The Kashmir Walla outside office in Srinagar. Photograph by Dar Yasin/AP

Srinagar: Kashmir Journalists Association (KJA) Saturday condemned the physical attack on three journalists in Srinagar’s Nawab Bazar on Friday afternoon.

The journalists – Saqib Mugloo, Kaiser Andrabi and Bhat Burhan, all working at The Kashmir Walla, were beaten up by the police and paramilitary forces outside the office and later bundled in a police vehicle.

“The attack comes days after police expressed “unconditional apology” for the physical attack on a group of journalists in Srinagar’s Fateh Kadal. We call on the government authorities to guarantee the reporters’ safety and act against those involved in such attack,” a spokesperson of KJA said in a statement.

On Friday, as the clashes between youth and the government forces were reported from some areas of the city, the three journalists were outside the office premises when the forces barged at them. Eyewitnesses said that the forces beat them up badly and took them away in a Rakshak vehicle.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the attack, saying that “if press is not respected then it is obvious truth will be first tragedy.”

The party called on Jammu and Kashmir police to look into this and act.

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