IIOJK press body condemns fir against two news websites

Srinagar, February 05, 2021 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has condemned the registration of a case against two Kashmir-based news websites for running a story about holding of an event in a school in Shopian.

First information report was filed against the news portals, The Kashmir Walla and The Kashmiriyat, for publishing reports on the Indian Army forcing authorities at Jamia Siraj ul Aloom in Imam Sahib area of Shopian to hold Indian Republic Day celebrations.

The KPC management committee and executive members in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed concern over the harassment of journalists and news organisations by filing cases against them.

It said that instead of going ahead with the complaint or the registration of the case, the authorities concerned through a standard procedure should have sought clarification from the news websites in question if at all there was any factual inaccuracy in their stories. But no such procedure was followed and instead a case was filed.

The KPC added, this authoritative approach apparently shows a deliberate attempt to pressurise journalists in IIOJK. It also urged the authorities to withdraw the FIR against the media organisations and the journalists concerned.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: +92-51-4435548, +92-51-4435549
Fax: +92-51-4861736
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Website: www.kmsnews.org

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