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Joint statement cum resolution issued by 11 journalist organisations.

(Press Club of India, Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association, Editors' Guild, SAFMA and South Asian Women in Media, IJU, FCC, NUJ, Working News Camerapersons Association, All India Urdu Editors Conference)

The remembrance cum solidarity meeting held today under the aegis of various journalist organisations condemns the shocking killing of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor in chief of Rising Kashmir and his two Personal Security Officers. Bukhari's senseless murder demands accountability at various levels.

Everyone in this country has this sovereign right to freedom of speech and expression. The increasing intolerance to such freedoms has the potential of undermining the character and nature of democracy itself.

We demand that the government of Jammu and Kashmir bring the perpetrators of this dastardly crime to book at the earliest. We demand that the government institute a separate inquiry into those who had launched a malicious campaign against Shujaat. The cyber cell of the union home ministry should look into all those IP addresses and their sources from where the malicious campaigns were conducted.

We feel that such killings are often preceded by hate messages and malicious campaigns on the social media. Various journalists and other civilians have been viciously trolled and targeted. All such instances ought to be monitored by a vigilant government if civilian safety and security is a priority in governance.

Issued by Press Club of India, Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association, Editors' Guild, SAFMA and South Asian Women in Media, IJU, FCC, NUJ, Working News Camerapersons Association, All India Urdu Editors Conference)

Journalist organisations express shock and outrage at murder of Shujaat Bukhari

The Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India express their deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder of senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari.

As per reports Mr Bukhari was shot at by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar's Press Enclave area on the evening of June 14. He had been given security cover in 2000 after repeated assassination attempts. The two security guards accompanying him are also said to be critical.

Mr Bukhari was a respected journalist known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir. He used to contribute to many journals and magazines. He was the Bureau Chief of the Hindu.

It may be recalled Mr Bukhari continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him. His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the media and the freedom of the press in the valley.

We demand that the dastardly forces responsible for his killing should be brought to book by the Jammu and Kashmir government at the earliest. We also express our deep condolences to the family members and friends of Mr Bukhari.
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