Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai has condemned the recent midnight raid on the residence of Senior Journalist and Editor of daily “Aafaq” Ghulam Jeelani Qadri and subsequently arresting him which is extremely shocking, said the spokesman in a statement.
The spokesman said that he also condemned declaring veteran journalist a proclaimed offender when the said person, as usual, performing his daily routine work including his professional duties at his office. Sehrai expressed his support and solidarity for veteran journalist.
He said a free press is a bedrock and an essential ingredient of every civilized society. Sehrai said journalist fraternity in Kashmir has often faced such harassments since last 30 years in particular when the authoritarians seek to consolidate power against the will of the people.
“He reiterates his demand for journalism to be free from harassment and sustained intimidation,” said the spokesman.