Srinagar, Jun 15: A Joint statement issued by Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, Chairperson J&K RTI Movement, Convener Junaid Andrabi, Mushtaqull Haq reads that J & K RTI Movement, CSJD,SRDE and TBF is shock stricken on the ruthless murder of Dr. Syed Shujat Bukhari and his PSO, who were gunned down yester-evening outside the Press Enclave.
In a condolence meeting Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool,Chief Petron J&K RTI Movement expressed its solidarity with the family of the bereaved.
“It is not only big loss to the fearless and ethical Journalism but attack on the freedom of speech and express granted by the constitution. Shujat Bukhary’s death is great loss to the humanity at large”, said Dr Shaikh.”Shujath Bukhary’s death is not only irreparable loss to the ongoing Social Movements fighting for human rights in Kashmir but to fare journalism as well, he added.
The statement issued further expresses that there will be no substitute to the vacuum created by Shujaat Bukhari’s assassination. News of Shujat Bukhari’s assassination has sent shocking waves all over the world and is great loss to the global journalism community.
“While all spheres of life in Kashmir have faced casualties in the last three decades but journalist fraternity has faced the most ugly victimization. The journalists, who are not granted any security umbrella remain vulnerable to such ugly occurrences”, said Shameem Ahamed Shah.
“Shujaat Bukhari has been victimized for his honest role as a journalist, a voice for human rights violations and an ambassador to Kashmir cause. Journalism in Kashmir has to go a long way to fill the vacuum thus created,” it said.
The statement concludes with these lines, “With the gruesome murder of the veteran journalist we are shocked to a level where we are at loss of words. We express our heart felt condolences heartedly with the family of the bereaved”. (KNS)