Journalists stage protest seeking instant release of Siddique Kappan


On Tuesday, members of various journalist unions organised a protest outside the Press Club of India (PCI) in New Delhi, demanding the immediate release of Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, who has been imprisoned for a year and has been charged with terror offences by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

“Today, we have organized this programme to mark completion of one year of Kappan being in jail. He was arrested even before going to the spot. Till date he is behind bars. We are fighting for a free media. There should be no curbs on the media if someone is going to a spot to report,” said PCI president Umakant Lakhera.

“Spot and investigative reporting is dying day by day. We are appealing to the highest judiciary of the country to release Kappan and to quash the charges against him,” he added.

The demonstration was attended by members of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, the PCI, and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ).

DUJ general secretary Sujata Madhok said, “We have gathered here today because it has been one year since the jailing of Kappan and others who were accompanying him and were not journalists. The judiciary must take action. You cannot indefinitely jail people.”

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