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Journalists protest Bukhari’s murder, Singh’s threat

By Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

Srinagar, Jun 26: Media fraternity on Tuesday held a protest march against the killing of Syed Shujaat Bukhari and the threatening remarks made by Chaudhary Lal Singh.
The protest march was carried out under the banner of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG).
Journalists working with local and national media houses took part in the protest.
The journalists gathered at the Press Enclave here and marched to the Clock Tower at Lal Chowk.
The protesting journalists, who had put black bands on their mouth and arms as a mark of protest, asked the authorities to uncover the truth about Bukhari’s murder.
Bukhari, senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir newspaper, was killed along with his two PSOs on June 14 outside his office.
Editor-in-Chief Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin, said the journalist fraternity cannot forget the excesses and murder of Bukhari.
“We are one. We pledge to carry forward our professional duties,” she said.
“We should shun the differences, unite and raise a collective voice against the harassment.”
Senior journalist, Rashid Rahil condemned the threats given to the journalists from time to time.
“Journalists should stick to their media ethics despite working in volatile conditions,” he said.
Zaffar Mehraj, Editor-in-Chief The Kashmir Monitor, Masood Hussain, Editor-in-Chief Kashmir Life, and Rashid Makhdoomi of Greater Kashmir were also among the protesters.
Last week, BJP leader and Member of Legislative Assembly Basholi, Chowdhary Lal Singh, cited Bukhari’s murder to threaten Kashmiri journalists.