Bukhari killing: Online hate campaign targets Kashmiris Journalists

Online hate campaign has now started targeting other Kashmiri journalists eleven days after Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was gunned down by unidentified people.

Kashmiri journalist Ahmed Ali Fayyaz said that unidentified people who had run a online smear campaign against Shujaat Bukhari, are now targeting him and journalist Iftikhar Gilani.

“They have posted our photographs on the same portal with a vitriolic heap of text which vilifies and denigrates us both as ‘dubious characters’, men of ‘hypocritical approach’ et al,” Fayyaz wrote in a Facebook post.

Unidentified people has been carrying out a vilification campaign via blog post titled “Touts who are betraying the Kashmir struggle” and are targeting journalists, businessmen, politicians and activists engaged in so-called Track-II diplomacy as “betrayers” of the “struggle of Kashmir” and for carrying out the “dirty work of defaming (the) Kashmir cause”.

Track-II diplomacy involves consultations between non-governmental entities, individuals and groups seeking to build trust and to keep backchannel communication links open.

The journalist denied that he had ever taken part in a Track-2 diplomatic initiative. “I have never ever claimed to be the ‘saviour of Kashmiri cause’ or someone ‘finding a solution to the Kashmir problem’, he wrote. “I believe this is not a proscribed activity for a journalist but I have been holding the opinion that this job should be left to other organs of the civil society.”

The above said blog had targeted Shujaat Bukhari, eleven days before he was assassinated by three unidentified gunmen in Press Enclave. Meanwhile, security agencies are investigating the blog.

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