CJP demands immediate release of IOK journalist Aasif Sultan

New York, February 08 (KMS): The New York-based media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) has urged the police in occupied Kashmir to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist, Aasif Sultan, and release him.

Aasif Sultan, along with nine other people, has been booked under false charges of hatching a conspiracy of the murder of an Indian policeman.

“Filing terrorism-related charges against journalist Aasif Sultan, despite a complete lack of evidence, marks a terrible injustice and further undermines press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, in a statement from Washington, D.C. “Is it so hard to understand that journalists, in the normal course of their work, must make contact with the people they write about?”

Aasif Sultan has been under illegal detention since August 27, last year, after he wrote a story for the Kashmir Narrator magazine on popular Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Wani, as CPJ reported at the time, the statement said.

In January, CPJ had demanded of the Governor of occupied Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik, to ensure that the journalist is released.

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