Moral duty of a real journalist is to cover govt development activity: NIA

The documents were reproduced Thursday before Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat during Yusuf’s bail hearing. The next date of hearing is February 19.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2018 8:57 am
moral duty of a real journalist is to cover govt development activity: NIA Kamran Yusuf is named in NIA chargesheet.

Not covering “developmental activity of any government department” or “inauguration of a hospital or a school” or “statement of any political party in power” are some of the reasons the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has listed as evidence that Kamran Yusuf was not a “real journalist”.

The observations by the NIA are part of the chargesheet into the terror funding and stone pelting in the Valley filed on January 18 against 12 people including Yusuf, a free-lance photojournalist arrested on September 5 for his alleged involvement in “stone-pelting incidents”.

The documents were reproduced Thursday before Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat during Yusuf’s bail hearing. The next date of hearing is February 19.

In the chargesheet, the NIA listed the “moral duty of a journalist” and observed: “Had he been a real journalist/stringer by profession, he may have performed one of the moral duty of a journalist which is to cover the activities and happening (good or bad) in his jurisdiction. He had never covered any developmental activity of any Government Department/Agency, any inauguration of Hospital, School Building, Road, Bridge, statement of political party in power or any other social/developmental activity by state government or Govt of India.”

The chargesheet also mentions social work by the Army and para-military forces in the Valley such as organising “blood-donation camps, free medical check-up, skill development program or Iftiar party” among others. “Kamran Yusuf had hardly taken any video of such activity and video or image of any such activity can rarely been seen in his laptop or mobile which clearly show his intention to only cover the activities which are anti-national and earn money against such footages,” said the chargesheet.

According to the NIA, Yusuf was not a “professional” because he did not receive training from any institute. The NIA, after scrutinising the videos in his camera, observed that the video has been taken with a particular intention to cover “anti-national activities” and then provide the same to “local media” for publication.

During bail arguments, Yusuf’s counsel Warisha Farasat submitted to the court that despite NIA defining a “real journalist”, Yusuf had fulfilled all the criteria listed. “We have many pictures to show that Kamran falls under their definition,” she said.

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  1. Z
    Feb 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Sad, but "journalists" like him are a common occurrence in today's journalism in Kashmir, illiterate and less young men who lack any formal knowledge of journalistic ethics, pick up a camera and start acting as a propaganda tool for separatists. These self-professed "journalists" are giving the profession a bad name. Most of them are also double-agents getting paid by both the separatists as well as police/admin and often boast of how "well-connected" they are with so and so police officers and other officials. Its a harsh fact, check out their social media and see the kind of posts they make. These so-called journalists were the reason that the 2008 agitation turned into a massacre with the killing of over 100 civilians. The way local cable wallah journos showed graphic images of civilians getting shot with their guts spilled out added to fuel to the fire and resulted in the disaster that was the 2008 agitation. There needs to be some measure of control
    1. S
      Sangat Singh
      Feb 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm
      Moral duty of journalists (if they need recognition or protection) is to lick the boots of the government in power and not to point out their shortcomings and wrong doings. Pray Lord what we are coming to!
      1. H
        Feb 16, 2018 at 11:06 pm
        Bhai article poora padh lo, usme likha hai ki na toh usne bad point cover kiye, na good, koi ek to karta.
        1. B
          Feb 17, 2018 at 7:23 am
          Right down to falsification of the news to get a pat on the back.
        2. T
          Feb 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm
          Qur'an 17:23-39, Surah Al-Israa Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him And that ye be kind to pa s. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life say not to them a word of contempt nor repel them but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness lower to them the wing of humility and say: "My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." Your Lord knoweth best what is in your hearts: if ye do deeds of righteousness verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again (in true penitence). And render to the kindred their due rights as (also) to those in want and to the wayfarer: but squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones and the Evil One is to his Lord ungrateful.
          1. T
            Feb 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm
            . S. Tritton in 'Islam,' 1951 The picture of the Muslim soldier advancing with a sword in one hand and the Qur'an in the other is quite false. De Lacy O'Leary in 'Islam at the Crossroads,' London, 1923. History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated. Gibbon in 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' 1823 The good sense of Muhammad despised the pomp of royalty. The Apostle of God submitted to the menial offices of the family he kindled the fire swept the floor milked the ewes and mended with his own hands his shoes and garments. Disdaining the penance and merit of a hermit, he observed without effort of vanity the abstemious diet of an Arab.
            1. R
              Feb 17, 2018 at 10:45 am
              I would like to add from Quran, HE is the only JUDGE of a soul. No one else can judge others. We all need to spread the word of GOD and not my or your God. God is one. God never asks to use force to change people. We all first need to change ourselves. May God bless all.
            2. F
              Face Reader
              Feb 16, 2018 at 3:27 pm
              A chief minister is justifying extra judicial killings and NIA is busy in defining the moral duty of a journalist. What I could understand that they need some " Sarkari-Bhonpoo.
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