Journalist unions protest one year of Siddique Kappan in jail, demand release

Members of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), PCI and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) joined the protest.

Published: 06th October 2021 11:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2021 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

Journalist Siddique Kappan

Journalist Siddique Kappan (Photo| Facebook)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Various journalist unions staged a demonstration outside the Press Club of India (PCI) Delhi on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, demanding immediate release of Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan who has been incarcerated for a year and charged with terror offences by UP Police.

“We organised this programme to mark the completion of one year of Kappan being in jail. We are fighting for free media. There should be no curbs on the media if someone is going to a spot to report,” said PCI President Umakant Lakhera. 

“Spot and investigative reporting is dying day by day. We are appealing to the highest judiciary of the country to release Kappan and to quash the charges against him,” he added. Members of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), PCI and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) joined the protest.

DUJ general secretary Sujata Madhok said, “…it has been one year since the jailing of Kappan and others who were accompanying him and were not journalists... The judiciary must take action. You cannot indefinitely jail people.” 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp