Journalists protest in Rajouri
Jammu, July 7
Journalists of electronic and print media held a protest rally at Rajouri district headquarters today and condemned the use of force against their counterpart in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday.
Describing it a direct attack on the freedom of press, the journalists forwarded their resentment in written to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah through District Magistrate, Rajouri, GA Khawaja.
The journalists held a demonstration at the Gujjar Mandi chowk and flayed the action of the security forces against journalists while they were performing their profession duty.
Speaking on the occasion, Tazeem Dar, a journalist associated with Right Media Commutations and president of the Rajouri Press Council, demanded that an FIR be lodged against the security men who cane-charged the journalists in the Valley.
Another senior journalist, Varinder Malhotra, associated with Hind Samachar, said “This is a direct attack on the freedom of press and all those who used the force must be booked under law.” He also demanded a judicial probe into the use of force against the journalists.
The protesters also appealed to the Press Council of India to intervene and lodge a protest against the cane-charging of journalists in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate forwarded the representation of the journalists to the Chief Minister through the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu.