KEG condemns barring of Kashmir journalists from covering R-day function

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Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Saturday strongly condemned the action of the government forces to not allowing senior journalists to cover the Republic Day parade that was held at the Sher-i-Kashmir stadium here in Srinagar today.

The senior journalists were stopped at the main gate of the venue by forces and were not allowed to move inside despite having valid security passes provided to them by the authorities.

Senior photo Journalists who had gone to cover the event were not allowed by the ‘security’ men on the pretext that police has  got adverse verification report against them.

In a statement issued here KEG said the action by the security men on the ground suggests that the security establishment wishes to frighten the media by not allowing them to carry out their professional duties.

Adding that today’s incident provides a grim reminder yet again about the fact that how vulnerable the media is in an area that is riddled with conflict and lawlessness.

“The stopping of journalists from carrying out their duties is becoming a norm these days as the journos were also stopped from covering an event on Thursday in Baramulla,” KEG said.

Adding that even security passes against senior journalists were not issued by the security establishment for today’s Republic day event.

“The way things are going ahead it is in no way going to help in creating a free and independent institution of media in the state.” Read the KEG statement.

The KEG while strongly condemning the incident called for a strong action against those officials who were involved in the act today.

KEG also demanded that the state government should take stringent action against the police officers who sought to muzzle the press and take steps to create a situation where media can function freely and discharge its duty to the citizens by providing information on the happenings in the state.

“KEG also demands the details of the so called adverse reports that the police claims it has collected against the senior scribes.” The statement said.

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