Islamabad: The Kashmiri Journalists boycotted the Indian Republic Day events after security forces stopped some senior scribes from covering the events in Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar this Saturday.
According to one senior photojournalist the protest started when security forces stopped some senior journalists from covering the function happening in the stadium.
“The official said that there are adverse reports about some journalists who cannot be allowed to enter the premises.”
Those who were stopped to enter the Stadium include senior photojournalists including Tausseef Mustafa of Agence France Press, Danish Ismail of Reuters, Aman Farooq of Greater Kashmir; video-journalists Umer Mehraj and Mehrajuddin of Associated Press.
According to him later on, all the journalists boycotted the function on the spot.
In a tweet, Peoples Conference chairperson Sajjad Lone condemned the attitude of the administration towards press.
Condemn the attitude of the current administration towards press. They boycotted Republic Day function in Srinagar after some of their colleagues were stopped.This is the first time ever it has happened. @jandkgovernor needs to take serious note.
— Sajad Lone (@sajadlone) January 26, 2019
In a reply to Sajjad Lone a person replied;
Why won’t they boycott.
Kyun ki ab sab Jante hai.
Tiranga toh Girr Gaya hai. ( Rajouri) pic.twitter.com/75o8vd3YQk
— Akhlak Khan (@akhlak_khan1) January 26, 2019