Journalists warn against Indian police action on Mannan’s letter

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Journalists warn against Indian police action on Mannan’s letter

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, journalist fraternity has expressed anguish over the action by the Indian police against media outlets for publishing an open letter of Kashmiri PhD scholar, Abdul Mannan Wani.

The journalist fraternity in a statement issued in Srinagar described the police action as a direct attack on the freedom of expression. The journalists threatened to hit the streets against such media restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission has granted a final opportunity of one week to the police authorities to submit a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures followed while using pepper gas against civilian protesters in the territory.

The Chairman of the commission, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, hearing a petition, warned that if the copy of Standard Operating Procedures is not produced by next date, it will be presumed that there is no SOP and it is a free-for-all.

 AFP