While expressing shock and anguish over the dastardly killing of veteran journalist and Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Syed Shujaat Bukhari, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami described it a huge loss not only to the journalist fraternity but a true voice of sanity and reason as well.
In his condolence message, he said Bukhari was a deep professional, a powerful voice and his death is a huge loss to the democratic ethos. This is a grave attack on press freedom but also an assault on voices of sanity and reason and no words of condemnation are enough for such brutal killing. He was targeted for being a rare voice of moderation and reason. Press freedom is distinctly diminishing and to have an opinion today – especially one that does not fit into the dominant political narrative – is to be in the line of danger. Killing journalists will not further the cause of any side but will perpetuate the crisis further.
He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family especially the parents, wife and children of late Bukhari.