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Dukhtaran-e-Millat Saturday came down heavily on JK police for arresting and intimidating Ishfaq Reshi, a trainee reporter of a local newspaper, Kashmir Reader.
In a statement issued here, DeM secretary general, Nahida Nasreen said that the harassment of journalists is the worst form of “political vendetta”.
Nasreen said that the government was crossing all limits of oppression to muzzle the people of Kashmir. “The government plan is now clear that it doesn’t want the just voice of the people of Kashmir be conveyed to the outside world but that the PDP-BJP alliance seems to be believing in journalism of appeasement.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the continuous “illegal” ban on Kashmir Reader newspaper, the DeM general secretary said that despite reporting unbiased from the ground the paper has been banned on flimsy grounds. She termed it “sheer frustration of the government”.
“Modern history doesn’t find any evidence where newspapers have been banned. It seems to be another first in the kitty of Mehbooba who pushed Kashmir to worst ever humanitarian crises.”
She said that the ban on publication also means snatching livelihood of the people who are working for the benefit of the entire nation.
Nasreen said that journalist fraternity of Kashmir should stand up for Ishfaq Reshi and use its influence for his safety.
Today this is Ishfaq, tomorrow it can be any other journalist, she said and added, “It started with a ban on one newspaper, it may end with closure of all Kashmir based media houses which represent the voices of the people of Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat Saturday condoled the demise of cartoon legend Bashir Ahmad Bashir’s nephew and expressed heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.