Journalists Attacked by Police in Kashmir

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) joins partner organisations in the South Asia Media

Solidarity Network (SAMSN) in expressing serious concern at the attacks on news

photographers reporting street protests in Srinagar,

capital of the Indian state of Jammu

and Kashmir, on November 25.


Reports from Srinagar

indicate four journalists were assaulted and one of them briefly detained by

personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), while covering protests

that broke out in Srinagar’s Old City

after Friday prayers. Umar Mehraj, a video journalist for Associated Press,

Showkat Shafi, a contributor to Al Jazeera English online, and Yawar Kabli of

Getty Images and Kashmir Dispatch were assaulted and their equipment partly

damaged. Shahid Tantray, who works with the widely circulated Hindi-language

daily Dainik Bhaskar suffered serious injury and was briefly detained.


“The IFJ notes that two

photojournalists were attacked

by security forces in virtually identical circumstances just three months

ago,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director

Jacqueline Park said.


“These recurrent incidents show that

the visual coverage of protests and demonstrations in Kashmir

often triggers serious anxieties among the security forces, leading them to deal

violently with journalists.


“Authorities in Kashmir

must act quickly and firmly against the personnel involved in the latest



The IFJ urges authorities to develop

a protocol in consultation with journalists in Kashmir

to ensure that the coverage of events and incidents of public importance is

possible without serious threat or impediment.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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