The Press Council Of India (PCI) took discover of the issues identified by the previous chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, and determined to represent a three-member panel to probe the ‘harassment’ and ‘intimidation’ of journalists from J&Ok.
The three-member panel contains Prakash Dubey, convener and Group editor, Dainik Bhaskar, Gurbir Singh, journalist, The New Indian Specific, and Suman Gupta, Editor, Jan Morcha.
“The Hon’ble chairman, Press Council of India whereas taking a suo moto cognisance on the communication of Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, President PDP regarding intimidation and harassment of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a 3 member Truth Discovering Committee,” wrote the PCI in a letter.
Grateful to the @PressCouncil_IN for his or her resolution to represent a reality discovering committee to probe about journalists being harassed in J&Ok. Hope the native administration ensures their full co-operation in order that this committee can discharge its obligation. pic.twitter.com/gYiqXlCbJL
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 29, 2021
Within the letter to PCI and Editors Guild of India on 27 September, Mehbooba Mufti identified the ‘intimidation’ and ‘snooping’ on Indian journalists. She wrote: “Basic rights corresponding to freedom of speech and expression enshrined within the Indian Structure have more and more come underneath assault, particularly within the final two years, by a hostile and insecure dispensation [in J&K]”.
The PCI, in its letter, stated that the J&Ok authorities should “lengthen full cooperation and help to this committee for the discharge of its perform”.
“The committee is required to make an intensive probe into the matter, holding dialogue with the authorities involved and the affected journalists and acquire such data because it deems match to submit its report back to the Council on the earliest,” the PCI stated additional.
Earlier in September, the J&Ok Police detained journal Kashmir Narrator’s editor Showkat Matta, TRT World & HuffPost’s Mir Hilaal, and freelancers Azhar Qadri and Abbas Shah in an Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act case of 2020.