Editors Guild condemns detention of Iftikar Gilani

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:30 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Editors Guild of India Sunday condemned the detention of senior journalist Iftikhar Gilani, son-in-law of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, and his family members by the Delhi Police.

The Guild said Delhi Police owed an apology to Iftikhar Gilani.

"The police gave no reason for their unwarranted action. It is a matter of relief that he was released after protests by various journalist bodies and individual journalists, and the resultant intervention by the ministry of home affairs," the Guild said in a statement.

"The police owe an apology to (Iftikhar) Gilani and his family and the assurance that he will not be harassed in the future or prevented from carrying out his journalistic duties again," it said.

Iftikhar Gilani Saturday claimed that he and his family members were kept in detention following execution of Afzal Guru. Police have, however, denied the claim.

The Guild also expressed concerns over the restrictions on newspapers in Srinagar for the past two days.

According to information received in Delhi, newspapers in the valley have been asked not to print or circulate their editions.

"That newspapers have not been able to upload their online editions, impinges on their constitutional right to freedom of expression. The Guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to end all such restrictions, so that newspapers in the state can work without any fetters," it added.

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