Police ‘harass, abuse’ Kashmir journalists

A group of Kashmir journalists Friday accused the state police of abusing and harassing them while they were covering pro-freedom protests in uptown Hyderpora locality of the capital Srinagar.


Video and photo-journalists alleged that they were covering pro-freedom protests and clashes after Friday prayers near Jamia Masjid in Hyderpora and police personal ‘abused, harassed, and chased’ them.


“We were doing our professional duty but policemen misbehaved with us like we were criminals,” Zubair Dar, who works with Press TV as video journalist, told Kashmir Dispatch.


Another photo-journalist, Syed Shahriyar told Kashmir Dispatch that police chased us and senior officers were watching like mute spectators. “There were senior journalists as well. They too were abused by police,” Zubair said.


Clashes erupted in the area soon after the Friday congregation. The youth were protesting the killing of Bashir Ahmad by armed forces in Old City of Srinagar.