Newsmen easy targets in occupied Kashmir
1 February 2003
News Network International
SRINAGAR: Shooting down of Parvez Iqbal, Editor of local New Agency, NAFA in Srinagar by unknown gunmen yesterday is the first incident of this kind this year although there is a long list of Kashmir-based journalists who have fallen victims to the assassins bullets in the violence ridden state since turbulence started in 1990. According to details, last year, editor of Srinagar Times Sofi Ghulam Mohammad, editor of New State Reporter Shahid Rasheed and a sub-editor of Kashmir Images Zaffar Iqbal were fired upon. All the three survived even after having sustained critical injuries. Two Kashmiri editors, Mohammad Shaban Vakil and Ghulam Rasool, Srinagar correspondent of a Doordarshan propaganda programme Syedain Shafi and ANI cameraperson Mushtaq Ali, have been killed in the last 13 years of turbulence. Senior journalists Yusuf Jameel, Zaffar Meraj and Habibullah Naqash survived murderous attempts on their life. Besides, a New Delhi-based photographer of The Hindustan Times, Pradeep Bhatia, died in a car blast here in August 2000. Other media-related casualties included Director of Doordarshan Kendra Lassa Kaul, announcer of DDK Srinagar Mohammad Altaf Faktoo, television artiste Shameema, freelance producer Mohammad Amin Mahajan, a casual newsreader of Radio Kashmir Srinagar Mohammad Shafi Fariyad besides seven officials of the puppet State Information Department.