Media bodies condemn assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari

'An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy'

Published: 15th June 2018 03:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 06:49 AM   |  A+A-

Relatives and friends of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari react at a hospital after he was killed along with his PSO's by suspected militants in Srinagar. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India and other media bodies condemned the assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir.

The Editors Guild of India said the Thursday’s attack was a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. “The Guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state”, it said.

“The killing of Mr Bukhari is a new low in a rapidly deteriorating environment for media practitioners in Kashmir, in particular, and in the country in general.”

An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy, it said.

Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India jointly demanded from the authorities concerned that the “dastardly forces” responsible for the killing was brought to book at the earliest.

The National Union of Journalists (India) said the incident was an attempt to stall fearless coverage of anti-national and anti-people activities.

Press statements issued

An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy, and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir, says the Editors Guild of India.

Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, says Press Club
of India

We also demand to look into the security of the mediapersons, while covering different events in the, says National Union of Journalists (India)

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