The journalist was arrested on 4 February for allegedly “glorifying terrorist activities” and also inciting the public, with the Kashmir Police. The journalist had been named in two prior cases.
This joint letter by the organisations comes after the Editors Guild of India condemned the Kashmir Police for arresting Shah. They lamented that the space for media freedom has progressively eroded in Kashmir.
“[Fahad Shah] reporting on events in Jammu and Kashmir is a public service, not a crime, and should be protected under Indian law,” the new letter said, referring to Shah as “a journalist of high integrity”.
The organization also urged L-G Sinha to release other Kashmiri journalists who had been detained under the anti-terror or preventative detention law. Journalists like Aasif Sultan, Sajad Gul and Manan Gul are names of some of the detained journalists.
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