Kashmir Journalists 'thrashed' In Mufti's 'presence'

9 May 2015
Kashmir Dispatch

Srinagar: Journalist working in Anantnag district were thrashed on Sunday by the security guards of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Eyewitness said that when chief minister was about to left the district hospital, scribes working with different news channels tried to pursue Sayeed for brief media interaction which he denied. They said that SSG personals accompanying the chief minister thrashed scribes and damaged camera of one video journalist Fayaz Ahmad Lolu working with Sahara Sammy and beat others. 'I was along with the my colleagues trying to pursue CM for a sound-byte but all of sudden SSG men thrashed us and even damaged my camera,' Lolu said, adding he will formally file a complaint with police against the SSG men. He said that all scribes present on the spot held a brief protest demo, however forces used force and quelled them. The Anantnag Working Journalists Association condemned the 'manhandling' of journalists by the SSG. AWJA said that SSG men thrashed scribes while performing professional duties in front of chief minister. 'Manhandling journalists while performing professional duties is brazen violations of the rights we possess,' said, AWJA general secretary, Saahil Suhail. He said that SSG men damaged camera of video journalist Lolu who works with New Delhi-based Sahra Sammy. He said that shocking part of the incident is that Mufti was watching all this and could not stop his security men. He said the police must also stop forthwith acts of repression directed at the journalists. He said that SSG men must apologize and compensate Lolu for the damages to his camera. He appealed international organizations protecting journalists all over the world to take a strong note of the incident.