Journalists orgs condemn BJP leader’s threat to Kashmiri journalists

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In a joint press statement issued by The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India condemned the threatening and intimidating remarks made by an elected member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Chaudhary Lal Singh directed at journalists in the valley.

BJP MLA and former minister, Singh warned journalists at a press conference in Jammu and asked them to “draw a line”. Threatening the journalist community, Singh warned them to face the ‘fate similar to that of Shujaat Bukhari’.

“Such statements are nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the press. They also serve to vitiate the atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in areas under conflict,” read the statement.

Earlier, Singh had been dropped from the Cabinet after he joined a rally that supported the accused of the Kathua gang rape and murder.

In the collective statement issued, the organisations demanded strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting possible violence at journalists in the valley.

Earlier this month, Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir was shot dead outside his office in Press Enclave, Lal Chauwk.


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