Kashmir Press Club calls for immediate release of journalist Sajad Gul
The Kashmir Press Club called on Monday for the immediate release of journalist Sajad Gul and urged authorities to allow him to continue his media education and journalistic career.
The Club, in a statement, said it was deeply disturbed by the arrest of Gul who, in addition to contributing to reports for an online portal, is pursuing a master’s degree in convergent journalism at the Central University of Kashmir.
He urged authorities to immediately drop the charges against Gul for his work as a journalist and said the FIR against him is only aimed at criminalizing reporting and journalistic work in Kashmir.
Gul was picked up from his home in the village of Shahgund in northern Kashmir on Wednesday, with police admitting in their Jan.8 statement that he is in their custody, the club said.
In their statement, police alleged that Gul posted an “objectionable” video on his social media account, he added.
Expressing concern at the continued harassment and threats of legal proceedings against journalists in Kashmir by law enforcement authorities, the Club said threats, summons and arrests of journalists have effectively restricted independent and investigative reporting by the valley.
Demanding the immediate release and the dropping of charges against Gul, he urged the authorities to create an enabling environment for journalists operating in Kashmir, free from threats, summons and arrests.
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