Reporting conflict not easy

Reporting conflict not easy
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Forces thrashing journalists near the gunfight site at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar’s old city has triggered outrage.
Journalists associations have cut across the party lines and have condemned the highhandedness of the forces. Reporting conflict has not been easy for the scribes working in the Valley. They have always been caught in difficult situations. It’s not for the first time that forces have flexed muscles on the scribes. Many such incidents have happened in the past also. In fact scribes have been facing such situations for the past thirty years.
Since 1989 many encounters and gunfights have taken place in Kashmir and the scribes working with different media organizations without caring for their lives have made the world aware about the day to day happenings in Kashmir.
The people at the helm need to tell their subordinates that scribes rush to encounter sites to discharge their professional duties. The orders have to come from the top. This incident should not be brushed under the carpet and passed on as a routine matter. The Inspector General of Police Kashmir range S P Pani has said “sorry” and has termed police and media men as colleagues. The IGP Pani should go beyond saying sorry and ensure that such incidents don’t take place in future.
Authorities should bear in mind that freedom of speech cannot be muzzled and media cannot be silenced. The media men should be allowed to discharge their duties without any fear and intimidation. Beating scribes and pushing them away from the encounter sites won’t help anyone’s cause. It would add to the prevailing confusion and make the things more worse. Media’s role and importance cannot be undermined.