KPC condemns registration of case against Gowhar Geelani, demands withdrawal of FIR against him, other two

Srinagar: The Kashmir Press Club on Wednesday notes with grave concern the series of FIR’s that have been filed against journalists in the valley and has demanded for the withdrawal of the cases.

In the latest instance, one case has been registered against journalist and author Gowhar Geelani. His is the third such FIR in a row in last few days.

Many scribes in the valley have expressed anguish over these developments. The KPC stands in solidarity with all the members of the fraternity.

While condemning and again seeking withdrawal of the FIR’s against Peerzada Ashiq, Masrat Zahra, we urge the authorities must withdraw the case against Gowhar Geelani as well.

As already conveyed, the club on behalf of the fraternity will write a representation to the Press Club of India (PCI) detailing these issues and other grievances related to difficulties faced by media in their functioning during this pandemic. In this regard a memorandum will also be written to the highest authorities including the LG of the UT of J&K.

We hope the media fraternity which is working amid huge challenges should get a conducive atmosphere to deliver their day to day duties.

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