One Free Press Coalition lists Aasif Sultan in ’10 most urgent cases of injustice against journalists’

Srinagar: Journalists’ Body One Free Press Coalition has listed Aasif Sultan in the 10 most urgent cases of Injustice against journalists around the world.

One Free Press Coalition is an amalgam of more than 30 leading media organizations worldwide using the “collective reach to stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth”.

On August 3, 2020 the Coalition launched the 18th monthly “10 Most Urgent” list, calling attention to the most pressing cases of journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.

“The One Free Press Coalition joins nearly 200 groups calling for worldwide release of journalists in detention during the pandemic,” the coalition mentioned on its website.

“Aasif Sultan – Journalist jailed two years without trial. August 27 marks two years behind bars for Aasif Sultan, a reporter who was charged months after his 2018 arrest with ‘complicity’ in ‘harboring known terrorists’,” the coalition mentioned.

“Communications blackouts in Kashmir have repeatedly delayed hearings in the case. Sultan wrote a cover story for the Kashmir Narrator on a slain Kashmiri militant, whose killing by Indian security forces set off a wave of anti-government demonstrations in Kashmir in July 2016. He has been repeatedly interrogated and asked to reveal his sources by police,” One Free Press Coalition write.

Along with Aasif Sultan, Austin Tice, American reporter who disappeared in Syria, U.S.-Filipino dual citizen Maria Ressa, and Award-winning journalist Azimjon Askarov are mentioned.


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