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Police Books Senior Journalist For Social Media Posts, Third in Three Days

22 Apr 2020 04:04 PM, IST

Police Books Senior Journalist For Social Media Posts, Third in Three Days
Journalist Gowhar Geelani booked for social media post



SRINAGAR, APRIL 22—Mediapersons are in the crosshairs of Jammu and Kashmir police after an acclaimed author and freelance journalist Gowhar Geelani was booked for “causing disaffection against the country" through his social media posts.


Geelani is the third journalist to have been booked by the police in the last three days. Earlier, a young woman photojournalist Masrat Zahra was booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for “uploading anti-national posts” on Facebook. Later, police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against The Hindu correspondent Peerzada Ashiq for carrying what they termed as "fake news".


Police said that Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, received information through reliable sources that Gowhar Geelani is indulging in unlawful activities through his posts and writings on social media platforms “which are prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty, and security of India”.


“The unlawful activities include glorifying terrorism in the Kashmir Valley, causing disaffection against the country and causing fear in the minds of the public that may lead to the commission of offences against public tranquility and the security of the state,” said a police spokesman.


Police said several complaints have also been received against the individual for threatening and intimidation. “A case under the relevant sections of the law have been registered at Cyber Police Station Kashmir and investigation initiated,” he said.


A Chevening Fellow, Geelani, has authored a highly acclaimed book, `Kashmir: Rage and Reason’. A former editor of Deutsche Welle, he has been writing columns in renowned publications across the globe besides being a highly acclaimed television debater.


“Hope the ‘purification’ discourse doesn’t become personal or trivial. Everyone should respect all views in a civilized manner for there can be no uniformity. A person is not important. Important is liberty, freedom of speech and right to view. Don’t be vindictive. Be kind. Gentle,” he tweeted after the case was registered against him.


Earlier, Editors Guild of India (EGI) noted with shock and concern the highhanded manner in which "the law enforcement agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have used the prevailing laws to deal with two Srinagar based journalists Masrat Zahra and Peerzada Ashiq".


“Any recourse to such laws for merely publishing something in the mainstream or social media is a gross misuse of power. Its only purpose can be to strike terror into journalists. The Guild also believes that this is an indirect way of intimidating journalists in the rest of the country as well,” said a joint statement by EGI president Shekhar Gupta, general secretary AK Bhattacharya and treasurer Sheela Bhatt.


The Guild demanded that the union territory administration should withdraw the charges forthwith.



Keywords : Journalist ,   Kashmir  

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