Stopped, Beaten, Prevented From Working: Everyday Troubles of the J&K Journalist
by Mudasir Ahmad - The Wire
September 18, 2019
Journalists, already among those whose work suffers the most in any siege, have now been facing the most resistance to their work.
Srinagar - Shahid Khan shudders as he recalls the September 7 incident when he was beaten up by a group of policemen while covering Muharram processions in the Rainawari locality of Srinagar.
“I was among six photojournalists covering the event. Suddenly the escort of a senior police officer arrived at the spot and started beating us,” said Khan who works with the Jammu-based daily, Reporter North.
“I was thrashed by a policeman who used his cane for at least five minutes. He kept telling me ‘why do you go out to shoot events, you create problems for us’,” said Khan.
“They kept beating me and didn’t listen to a single word.”