Kashmir Press Club takes serious note on harassment of journalists

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Ground Report | Srinagar

The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Monday expressed concern over the alleged harassment of journalists in the Valley and demanded that the government allow the media to function freely as guaranteed by the Constitution.

“According to a statement issued by the Kashmir Press Club said on Sunday night, a multimedia journalist Kamran Yousuf working with the Newsclick was picked up from his home by the police. Recalling the details, Kamran said that a police party led by Dysp and SHO Pulwama entered his home around 11pm and knocked on the door.

“I saw policemen surrounding our premises. The police official asked me come along and snatched my phones,”KPC spokesman quoted Kamran as having said.

According to him, he was taken in a police vehicle to the office of Dysp and questioned about some twitter account run by Kamran Manzoor. “They checked my phones and searched everything on it. They asked me about some Kamran Manzoor and showed me his twitter account. The police officer said we had suspicion that you are running it,” said Kamran.

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The spokesperson said that Mr. Yousuf alleged he was taken in a police vehicle to the office of the Deputy SP and questioned about a Twitter account operated by a Kamran Manzoor.

The journalist claimed that they checked his phones and questioned him about Kamran Manzoor as they suspected that he was operating the account.
The spokesperson said the journalist claimed that the police officers did not get anything objectionable from his phones and he was let go at around 1 a.m.

“The police’s nocturnal raid at the house of a journalist has once again highlighted the dangers faced by journalists in the Valley,” the KPC spokesperson said.

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He said that finally after failing to find anything that they were looking for, the police official called some officer on phone and let him go at 1 am in the dead of night. “My distraught family members were waiting outside and took me home,” he added.
“The police’s nocturnal raid at the house of a journalist has once again highlighted the dangers faced by journalists in the Valley,” said KPC spokesman in a statement.

The Kashmir Press Club demands home minister Amit Shah as well as the J&K government to take note of the appalling conditions in which press in Kashmir is working since August 5 last year. As such, it is once again urged that the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression and speech be respected in the region by allowing press and journalists to function freely, said KPC spokesman in a statement.

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