CPJ tells India to ‘release’ detained IIOJK journalists

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NEW YORK:

Independent watchdog physique generally referred to as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Sunday referred to as on authorities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to “immediately release arrested journalists, cease detaining and questioning journalists apart from committing to allow the media to operate freely.”

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CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler mentioned India must move rapidly to enhance its shameful report of harassing and detaining essential journalists in IIOJK in full abandonment of India’s once-proud custom of press freedom.

“Police must immediately release Salman Shah and Suhail Dar apart from allowing journalists to do their jobs without fear of reprisal,” he added.

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Citing information reviews, the CPJ mentioned 4 journalists had been detained since October Eight however two had been launched subsequently and one other was referred to as in for questioning.

These journalists embody editor Salman Shah, freelance journalists Suhail Dar, Mukhtar Zahoor, Majid Hyderi and Sajad Gul.

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CPJ added that the authorities formally arrested Dar and Shah final week and each stay detained at Anantnag district jail.

However, an area Justice of the Peace ordered detainment of Shah and Dar for 2 days.

On the night of October 8, authorities summoned Dar to the Sadder police station in Kashmir’s Anantnag district for questioning earlier than detaining him, in line with native media information reviews and Dar’s brother, Tariq Dar, who spoke to CPJ by way of telephone.

Tariq advised CPJ that the police had not knowledgeable the household of any causes for his brother’s detention.

Separately, on October 12, officers with the Sherbagh police station in Anantnag district detained Shah from his home within the Sheerpora space for questioning, in line with an area media outlet and his brother Imran Shah, who spoke to CPJ by way of telephone.

Imran Shah mentioned that his household had not been knowledgeable of any police investigation into his brother till his formal arrest yesterday.

Both journalists have been accused of violating two sections of the Indian penal code, pertaining to “knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse” and abetment.

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