CPJ seeks immediate release of journalist Sajad Gul

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Saturday called for the immediate release of journalist Sajad Gul who was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police.

CPJ tweeted on Saturday, “#Kashmir: CPJ is deeply disturbed by reports that Kashmiri journalist @SajadGUL_was arrested days after posting a video of a protest on social media. Authorities must immediately release Gul and drop their investigations related to his journalistic work.”

Sajad Gul, a journalism student who has been contributing to various publications and had recently joined The Kashmir Walla as a trainee reporter, was charged under 120B (party to criminal conspiracy), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), and 505B (fear or alarm to the public) sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

He had posted a video of the protest against the killing of Salim Parray, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander.

Parray was killed on 3 January in a gunfight in Harwan, Srinagar.

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