SSPs to take legal action if journalists come close to gunfight sites: IGP

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Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said that he has issued written directions to all district Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) to take legal action based on facts in case any media person comes closer to gunfight site or “law and order” situation.

“I have already issued written directions to all districts SSPs yesterday. District SSPs will take legal action on facts,” the IGP told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS).

When asked who comes under this advisory, IGP said it implies for both national as well as for local media outlets.

Yesterday, he said that the media persons should not carry any live coverage of any gunfight or law and order situation.

“The freedom of speech and expression is subject to reasonable restrictions that should not violate other person’s right to life guaranteed under Article 21 or putting the national security in jeopardy,” he said, adding, “Do not interfere in professional and bonafide duty of police and security forces at encounter site.”

He said no operational content should be carried which is likely to incite violence or contains anything against “maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national sentiment.” (GNS)

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