India: another journalist charged on false terrorims charges under repressive lawEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 19, 2020
- Event Description
The Jammu and Kashmir police Monday filed an FIR in connection with a news story published by The Hindu Sunday despite a social media campaign against its decision to charge Kashmir-based independent photojournalist Masrat Zahra under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The police have also questioned a senior journalist from The Hindu�s J&K Bureau, Peerzada Ashiq, a move that drew further criticism from the journalist community in the Valley.
According to a report by The Hindu, Ashiq was called in for questioning by the Cyber Police in Srinagar Sunday and then again on the same evening by the Anantnag police before being permitted to return home.
�Describing a report headlined �Kin allowed to exhume bodies of militants in Baramulla� published by The Hindu on April 19 as �fake news,� the Jammu and Kashmir police have registered an FIR in the matter,� reads The Hindu report on 20 April.
The report was on two militants killed in an encounter in South Kashmir�s Shopian region. Two families had come forward to claim the bodies of the slain militants whom the authorities had said were unidentified.
The administration had buried the slain militants in a graveyard in Sheeri, Baramulla, reserved for foreign, unidentified or unclaimed militants.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and Threats
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Media freedom
- Right to information
- Media Worker
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 19 April 2020, Peerzada Ashiq, media worker, was charged by the police on false terrorims charges as result of his reporting in Srinagar, India.