11 media houses ask J&K govt to institute probe

Kashmir Times

Shujaat’s killing

11 media houses ask J&K govt to institute probe

NEW DELHI,

Jun 18 (Agencies):

Eleven media organisations today urged the Jammu and Kashmir government to bring the killers of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari to book at the earliest and institute an inquiry into the malicious campaign launched against the scribe before his murder.

In a joint statement-cum-resolution, Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Association, Editors’ Guild, South Asian Free Media Association, South Asian Women in Media, Indian Journalists’ Union, National Union of Journalists, Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Working News Camerapersons Association and All India Urdu Editors Conference said the “senseless murder” of Bukhari demanded accountability at various levels.

They said everyone in the country has sovereign right to freedom of speech and expression and “increasing intolerance” to such freedoms has the potential of “undermining the character and nature of democracy.”