Kashmir: Journalist under threat for social media campaigning

Srinagar: Peer Viqar Ul Aslam, Srinagar based journalist working for Morocco World News threatened by unknown people.

On 31 July, in the wee hours of the morning, an unknown person called Peer ViqarUl Aslam via Skype. The unknown person hurled abuses and threatened him with dire consequences.

The Journalist said, “I am not sure, why I am being threatened but I am highly concerned about my safety after these threatening phone calls.”

Peer Viqar Ul Aslam has about 32,000 followers on his Facebook page and he keeps posting news stories and videos that receive millions of views and are widely shared by the people.

“If someone doesn’t like some content they can disagree but threatening and intimidating shows how difficult it is for the professional journalists to work here,” added Peer

Today again, Peer Viqar received a call from an unknown person inquiring about a video that has been viewed more than 4 lakh times and shared 3000 times.

The Journalist explained that he shares videos for informational purposes and has no ulterior motives, but the caller kept on asking questions in an intimidating tone.

Peer Viqar told the caller that it was the right of the people to have information and it is the responsibility of the Journalists to provide that information.

“All the callers sound non-local which is alarming for me, and I fear to travel outside Kashmir to any other state. Sometimes it feels they know everything about me which is spooky,” exclaimed Peer

He has been getting death threats on his Facebook page and now followed by the calls continuously threatening him. In one of the calls, the caller before he hung up his call said “Just wait, I will teach you a lesson.”

Peer Viqar Ul Aslam is an Independent Journalist who has been involved in numerous humanitarian works and developmental stories promoting state tourism through his social media handles.

A Srinagar based senior journalist on the promise of anonymity said “The professional journalist fraternity feels threatened and this shows how risky it is to work in Kashmir. I hope no harm reaches this journalist and the government takes strong cognizance of such incidents.”

Meanwhile, Peer Viqar said, “I have the call recordings and I am thinking of registering FIR with the police. I am a responsible Journalist and a law abiding citizen.”

In view of the death threats, He has been forced to shut down his social media accounts.

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