Press freedom, human rights bodies petition for the release of journalist Fahad Shah

Over 50 press freedom organisations, human rights organisations and publications wrote to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday, urging his intervention to release Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah.

Shah was arrested on 4 February for allegedly “glorifying terrorist activities” and “inciting the public”, with the Kashmir Police adding that the journalist had been named in two prior cases.

The joint letter by 58 organisations comes less than a week after the Editors Guild of India condemned Kashmir Police for arresting Shah and lamented that “the space for media freedom has progressively eroded in Kashmir”.