Kashmir Editors Guild takes exception to NIA's 'new definition' of journalist, seeks Kamran Yousuf's release

“Re-defining journalism is usually been seen as an effort by totalitarian and dictatorial regimes and not democracies.”

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 20 2018 6:03PM | Updated Date: Feb 20 2018 6:03PM
Kashmir Editors Guild takes exception to NIA's 'new definition' of journalist, seeks Kamran Yousuf's releaseFile Photo

Saying that “redefining” journalism is an effort of “dictatorial regimes”, Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Tuesday took strong note of the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA’s) grounds for arrest of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf in the charge sheet against him and demanded his early release.

“If the cops are supposed to define the roles and responsibilities of the journalists, which manage the fourth pillar of democracy, the universities that train thousands of journalists in a year across India must be locked,” the members said, in a statement, issued today.

“Re-defining journalism is usually been seen as an effort by totalitarian and dictatorial regimes and not democracies.”

Earlier, NIA in its charge sheet against Yousuf had said that the “moral duty of a journalist is to cover government developmental activities and statements of political parties”.

KEG reiterated its stand on Kamran Yousuf case that he has been a news photographer who was freelancing with various media outlets.

The editors sought his early release and have “continuously insisted that Yousuf requires a fair trial.”

"It has been a long time since Yousuf’s arrest that the investigators have probed almost all angles of his supposed involvement. So far, nothing has been proved as the charge sheet suggests," they said, in the statement.

“It is high time that Yousuf is permitted to move out of jail and resume his routine and help his mother, the only relation he has, in surviving honourably,” the editors said. “His release will contribute to the strengthening of democracy and right to free speech.”

The bail hearing of Yousuf who was detained last year is scheduled tomorrow.

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