Attacks on journalists a big worry: IJU

By Author  |  Published: 6th May 2017  11:37 pm

Hyderabad: The repeated attacks on journalists covering the volatile situation in the Kashmir valley was a matter of deep concern to working journalists in the country, a statement issued by the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) here on Saturday said.

IJU members from Hyderabad and other parts of the country strongly condemned the police attack on the journalists at Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. 

IJU president SN Sinha, secretary-general Amar Devulapalli, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) vice-president Sabina Inderjit and Press Council of India member K Amarnath said the repeated attacks was a matter of deep concern and said the Union and State governments should take steps to prevent such attacks being repeated in future.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Sopore Mudasir Geelani had reportedly led the police attack, in which the photojournalist of Varmul post Eesham Peer and Mohd Younis of Gulistan were seriously injured, they said, adding that journalists in Kashmir valley are targets of attacks by the security forces and agitators. 

“The journalists are discharging their duty of reflecting the ground situation which may not be palatable to either of the sides thus becoming victims of violence from State and non-State players,” they said, adding that the IJU would file a complaint with the Press Council of India (PCI) to take suo motu cognizance of the incident and take appropriate action.