IHK journalists working in hostile situation, 10 killed

Srinagar—Indian Occupied Kashmir is one of the most dangerous places in the world where people associated with the press and media are carrying out their professional duties in the most difficult situation.
According to the data released by Kashmir Media Service, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, today, ten journalists have been confirmed as being killed while performing their duties during Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle since 1989.
They included Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mushtaq Ali, Ghulam Muhammad Lone, Ghulam Rasool Azad, Muhammad Shaban Wakeel, Pervez Muhammad Sultan, Mushtaq Ahmad and a woman scribe, Aasia Jeelani.
The report said that in the occupied territory, almost routinely, the journalists face manhandling, abductions, murder attempts and death threats by Indian troops and all this has made their everyday work extremely difficult. It revealed that Kashmiri journalists and many other scribes while performing their professional duties were roughed up, injured and detained by the troops on fake charges in the territory.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, in a statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day said that India under a sinister design never allowed journalism to flourish in occupied Kashmir. He paid glowing tributes to all those journalists who lost their lives while performing their duties in the occupied territory.
Mukhtar Waza said that it was because of Kashmir that India had lost its credibility at the international level and was ranked 136 out of 180 nations worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015.
He said that the World Press Freedom Index was evidence of the fact that how world’s largest democracy was treating Press – the 4th pillar of democracy.—KMS

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