World Press Freedom Day: When a reporter upheld truth at the cost of his life

World Press Freedom Day: When a reporter upheld truth at the cost of his life

Ghulam Muhammad Lone And His 8-Year Old Son Were Killed In 1994 For Refusing To Report A False News

Over the decades, journalists in Kashmir have faced challenges while performing their professional duties and some of them survived the brutal life attacks while some got killed. However they kept their work dear to their life and continued their efforts to put the facts before the people.

One among them who kept his profession dear than his life and at the cost of his life was Ghulam Muhammad Lone, an honest and fearless freelance reporter from Kangan area of central Kashmir.

Lone was a freelance reporter and proprietor of the only news agency of Kangan in 1990s, namely ‘Lone News Agency’.

As Lone never compromised with anyone regarding his professional duty, he along with his 8-year old son was killed allegedly by army personnel belonging to 197-Punjab Regiment then posted in Kangan, leaving a question mark over the freedom of expression in conflict zone like Kashmir.

Lone’s family said that on the intervening night of 29-30 August 1994, the personnel from 197 Punjab of Army entered the house of the reporter at around 11:20 PM and opened fire on him and his 8 year old son namely Shakeel Ahmad Lone, killing the father-son on the spot.

“Lone was not ready to report a false news as insisted by the army a few days before. The army had threatened him of dire consequences a few days before the killing as he didn’t accept their diktat. He was apprehended couple of times and pressurized to report fake and false incidents,” a relative of the slain reporter said.

The print media in Kashmir observed a day’s protest on September 4, 1994, to mark their resentment against the killing.