The Kashmir National TV Journalists Association has expressed concern over FIR against Times of India journalist Saleem Pandit.
In a meeting held in Srinagar, the members of KNTJA deliberated on the controversy triggered after a recent news report in Times of India. “ Without endorsing the story, the members were of the view that slapping FIR on a senior journalist in such a manner was unwarranted and amounts to attack the freedom of the press in Kashmir,” a statement said.
“In case of any complaint against the reporter a mechanism of self-regulation within the journalist fraternity should be encouraged.
The authorities could also take up such a matter or story with the bodies like Press Council of India for a probe in accordance with guidelines laid down for the press.”
“All the journalists in Kashmir are working under tremendous pressure in conflict atmosphere and are still maintaining the highest credibility of impartial reporting of facts. The Government & Police attack on the freedom of press can’t be supported,” the body said.