Srinagar: Maintaining silence for many days, the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Thursday condemned the registration of an FIR against two Kashmir-based news portals — The Kashmir Walla and The Kashmiriyat — for running a story of Army allegedly having forced a school in Shopian in South Kashmir to observe Indian Republic Day.
In a statement, the KPC management committee and executive members expressed concern over harassment of journalists and news organisations by filing cases against them.
“The Club wants to make it clear that a free and vibrant media is key to the survival of democratic set-up. Instead of going ahead with the complaint or the registration of the case, the concerned authorities 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 statement reads.
“This authoritative approach apparently shows a deliberate attempt to pressurise journalists,” it added.
The Club has urged the authorities to withdraw the FIR against the media organisations and the journalists concerned. (KDC)