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NEW DELHI: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expressed concern over the arrest and judicial remand of French journalist Paul Comiti in Srinagar.
The French journalist was reportedly arrested on Sunday and remanded to judicial custody on Monday for filming a documentary in Kashmir Valley and interviewing some agitators and a Hurriyat Conference leader. He allegedly violated Visa rules.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, President IJU, S.N Sinha, Secretary General, Amar Devulapalli and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Vice President, Sabina Inderjit said “It is a common practice among journalists all over the world to take tourist or business visa to visit and report from conflict zones as it is impossible to obtain a journalist visa in such situations. If the authorities on Kashmir think if it is inimical to the interests of the country, they could have deported him from the country instead of sending him to judicial custody which entails long process for the journalist to get bail and go back to his country.”
The Indian Journalists Union demanded that the French journalist should be immediately released on bail and allowed to return to his country as it involved freedom of press and expression which was recognised as a universal human right. The union members called on the Home Minister and J and K Chief Minister to immediately intervene and take steps to free the French journalist on bail.
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