Demands his immediate release from police custody ย 

Charges framed against Asif Sultan intimidating on press freedom: KJA
Srinagar: Kashmir Journalist Association (KJA) has expressed outrage over the continuous detention of Journalist Asif Sultan by Jammu and Kashmir Police. The association has termed the charges framed against him unconstitutional and intimidating on press freedom, a statement issued here said.
The arrest of a journalist and pressurising him in police custody to reveal his sources is against the democratic and constitutional values that govern the press. This amounts to a sheer harassment which is highly condemnable, the statement added.
His father and Editor Kashmir Narrator had said, Asif is being questioned about some stories he has done forย  the English magazine where he works as assistant editor. He was picked up from his home in Batamaloo locality of Srinagar during aย midnightย raid and was kept in illegal detention for six days, his family said.
On Saturday, Police announced that Asif has been officially arrested in connection with a FIR and is lodged in the police station Batamaloo. They accused him of involvement in โ€œharbouring terroristsโ€ but they didnโ€™t make the charges against him public. Also the reason of FIR police gave is silly because they stated that they found some โ€œincriminating materialโ€ in his laptop which is vague because every journalist will have such a material in his laptop or phone.
KJA believes that the charges levelled against Asif are baseless as the FIR was filed after the concerned police official had an argument with his Editor over his illegal detention, the statement said.
This illegal detention has put the life and career of Asif in danger. So, KJA is demanding intervention from top officials of police and the Governor of J&K. We also appeal the Press Council of India (PCI), human rights bodies, and national and international media and rights watchdogs to intervene in the matter.
If Asif is not released, KJA will be forced to initiate the legal battle against the erring police officials and come on roads to protest against the unconstitutional action.


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