Police maintains highest regards for freedom of press: IGP Kashmir

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Says only one journalist questioned for his work, remaining two not questioned for their social media posts, not profession

Srinagar, April 23 (KNO): Inspector General of police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that police always maintains highest regards for the freedom of press and only one journalist was questioned about the “journalistic work.”

In a statement issued to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the IGP Kashmir while referring to the statements issued by various journalist organization that “freedom of press was being choked”, said that before making such broad generalisations people should ascertain the facts.

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IGP Kashmir said that only one journalist has been questioned about a journalistic work as only one FIR of instigating people for violence has been registered over an encounter in Shopian at police station Anantnag. 

“Remaining two persons have not been booked for any journalistic work of their’s but because of the reason that they have posted explicitly seditious, incendiary and incriminating texts on social media, challenging sovereignty and integrity of India and  attempting to instigate people for violence,” reads the statement issued  the police.

It said that one of them in the recent days has also met him along with three to four members of Kashmir Press Club Srinagar and accepted the mistake claiming ignorance of the relevant law and assured not to repeat the same in future. “IGP assured that an impartial investigation will take place,” the statement said.

It said regarding the other person who has additionally been booked there are written complaints as he has exposed life of some peaceful and law abiding citizens to grave risk by posting incriminating and provocative adjectives against them on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

The content of these specific complaints discloses a criminal act and law will take its course and the written complaints against this individual will be investigated as mandated by law. “IGP also reiterated that J&K Police has always maintained highest regard for freedom of press. Media persons and other relevant organisations are expected to issue statements only after ascertaining the facts,” the statement said—(KNO)

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