CPJ calls on authorities to drop charges against Kashmiri journalist

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Committe to Project Journalists has said that it  stands in solidarity with Kashmiri journalist Sajad Gul who has allegedly been harassed by authorities for his journalistic work.

The scribe body in a tweet said, “Amid ongoing police harassment in retaliation for Sajad Gul’s journalistic work. CPJ reiterates its call on authorities to drop their investigation into Gul and allow him to report without interference.”

Gul was booked for a story published The Kashmir Walla magazine on corruption in administration in February 2021. He has claimed he has been harrassed since then. On Tuesday he took to his Twitter handle to write about his ordeal,” Again for consecutive two days, I attended a court hearing for a “Crime” that I never committed. I was booked with my four family members earlier in (Feb 2021) without probe & proper investigation. Today I had to skip class [ University],” Gul tweeted.

“Only to make myself available for “Court Hearing”. Earlier I missed my exam while attending a court hearing. I was booked under criminal charges for just doing a story. Is not the first time. I am being often called by CID’s & sometimes detectives for questioning.”

In a series of tweets he wrote about his months long ordeal, “Earlier my home was raided, and cops deleted my tweets. The continued harassment is taking a toll on my mental health & impacting My work and studies. This is how journalists are being treated like criminals in Naya Kashmir under the  @narendramodi regime,”

He further wrote, “Unfortunately I am on my own and there is no help from any journalist communities.”

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