Kashmir journalist bodies condemn continuous harassment of media institutions

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Srinagar : The journalist bodies of Kashmir Thursday condemned “continuous harassment of media institutions and Kashmiri journalists, including Parvaiz Bukhari, an internationally known journalist, who works for Agence France Presse as its Kashmir correspondent.

In a joint statement it said, “In recent months raids and continued harassment of journalists has become a regular norm and we see it as a broader tactic to intimidate and silence professional journalists, who have been reporting on the region without any prejudice for decades,”

Adding that the journalist fraternity also sees this continuous harassment aimed at silencing reporters and curbing the freedom of press.

“Since 5 August 2019, dozens of Kashmiri journalists have been questioned, summoned, harassed and even physically assaulted by the authorities under the garb of various charges.

For decades Journalists in Kashmir have been working under extremely hostile conditions and this constant harassment only obstructs the delivery of professional obligations,”

The bodies include :

1.Journalist Federation of Kashmir
2.Kashmir Working Journalist Association
3.Kashmir Journalist Corps
4.Kashmir National Television Journalist Association
5.Anjuman-e-Urdu Sahafat Jammu and Kashmir
6.Kashmir Photo Journalist Association
7.Kashmir Journalist Association

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