Srinagar: Three journalists were on Thursday morning beaten by police while they were on their job covering the ongoing District Development Council (DDC) elections.
The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) strongly condemned the thrashing of the three freelance journalists who work as stringers for various news organisations.
In a distress call to the KPC, Fayaz Lolu, one of the trio who works as a stringer with ETV Bharat, told the club management that he along with two other journalists, Mudasir Qadri (stringer with News 18 Urdu) and Junaid Rafiq (TV 9), were “beaten” on Thursday morning while covering the ongoing DDC elections in Srigufwara area of South Kashmir.
He also said that their news-gathering equipment was also seized by the police. Fayaz Lolu alleged that it was when the SSP of Anantnag arrived on the spot that they were beaten up ruthlessly and taken to the nearest police post. Fayaz further stated that Junaid has been injured and was in the hospital.
The KPC termed the incident unfortunate and called for a thorough inquiry into the incident.
“We hope strict action against is taken against those found guilty in this act perpetrated in utter disregard of the freedom of the press,” the club said in a statement.
The KPC further urged the Chief Electoral Officer to take note of such incidents and initiate action against the concerned police official.
The KPC also urged that the authorities should ensure that an enabling atmosphere is created for the free and fair functioning of the media in Kashmir.