‘Entire process of security clearance for issuance of passes to media-persons to be reviewed’
Jammu: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar on Saturday said that the issue of some journalists not being permitted to cover the R-Day function in Srinagar would be looked into. He said the entire process of security clearance for issuance of passes to journalists shall be reviewed for better coordination in future.
“It is learnt that today at Republic Day parade venue in Srinagar some journalists were not permitted to cover the event as the security passes issued to them were found not to be authenticated. The matter shall be looked into,” Advisor Kumar, who is Incharge Home Department, said in a statement.
He said it has been given to understand that primarily the incident occurred because of the procedure followed by the police for issuance of security passes during such events. “The entire process of such security clearance shall be reviewed for better coordination in future,” he said.
Earlier, Senior photo Journalists who had gone to cover the event were not allowed by the security men on the pretext that police has got adverse verification report against them.
Kashmir Editors Guild, in a statement condemned the act and has demanded the details of the ‘adverse reports’.
“Today’s incident provides a grim reminder yet again about the fact that how vulnerable the media is in an area that is riddled with conflict and lawlessness”, said the statement.