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Posted at: Jun 25, 2018, 12:56 AM; last updated: Jun 25, 2018, 12:56 AM (IST)

Media bodies seek strict action against Lal Singh

Media bodies seek strict action against Lal Singh
Lal Singh

New Delhi, June 24

Several media bodies, including the Press Club of India, on Sunday sought strict action against senior BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh over his “threatening and intimidating” remarks directed at Kashmiri journalists.

In a joint statement, the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India said, “We, the undersigned organisations, demand that strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting at possible violence at journalists in the Valley.

“Such statements are nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the Press. They also serve to vitiate the atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in conflict situations,” it said.

Lal Singh had warned Kashmiri journalists to draw a line between reporting facts and supporting terrorists or face the fate of “Rising Kashmir” editor Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by militants. “Kashmiri journalists have created an erroneous atmosphere and I would like to ask them to draw the line,” he had told reporters in Jammu on Friday. "You want to live like what happened to Basharat," he said in an apparent reference to Shujaat Bukhari. — PTI

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