Journalist organisations protest threats by former J&K minister

‘Threatening and intimidating’ remarks of Chaudhary Lal Singh cried down upon

Srinagar.

Choudhary Lal Singh was in for trouble on his “threatening and intimidating” remarks directed at journalists in the Valley.

Journalist organisations on Sunday demanded strict action against Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLA. These organizations included the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and the Federation of Press Clubs of India.

They said in a statement that Singh, a former J&K Minister, had warned journalist at a press conference in Jammu to “draw a line”.
Condemning his remarks, the statement said that Singh also blamed Kashmir journalists for creating a “wrong atmosphere” and told them to control themselves.

“We demand that strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting possible violence at journalists in the Valley,” the statement said.

It said that such remarks were nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the press.

“They also serve to vitiate atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in conflict situations,” the statement read.

Notably, Chaudhari Lal Singh had openly threatened journalists with consequences and warned them of a fate similar to that of Shujaat Bukhari, the Editor of Rising Kashmir who was shot dead less than a fortnight ago, the statement said. Bukhari’s assassination was condemned by people in general, besides a number of journalist organisations.

Singh had resigned from the state cabinet in April following his participation in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in January in support of those accused of rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua.

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