Staff Reporter | TDN World
Journalists Siddique Kappan’s name found place in the “10 Most Urgent” list of press freedom abouses around the world – the listing was done by an international organization One Free Press Coaliation which is working in collaboration with 30 leading media organizations from across the world to stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.
In its 24th monthly publication One Free Press Coalition enlisted Kappan’s case as the top 5th of the 10 cases of Injustice against the journalists.
“Since October 5, Indian journalist Sidhique Kappan has been held in pretrial detention without any formal charges filed against him,” states One Free Press Coaliation.
Freelance economic journalist Mohamed Mosaed who was detained by Turkish border police, is listed in the top.
Delhi based retainer of Malayalam news portal azhimukam.com Siddique Kappan, 41, was arrested on 19 October by the UP police under the UAPA law – a law used to prevent terror activities- while he was on his way to cover the barbaric Hathras gang-rape of a Dalit woman, who later died in hospital.
Kappan was not allowed to meet her ailing mother lying in death-bed. On Thursday he made a video from inside the jail to her ailing mother after obtaining permission from the Supreme Court. Though Kappan could not talk to her since her mother had fallen unconscious in hospital bed.
According to The Telegraph report, The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) had approached the Sureme Court on Friday for interim bail so that he can see her 90-year old ailing mother. The hearing of the application is yet to be listed, The Wire repoted.
“We are hoping that it will be heard on Thursday,” said Wills Mathew who is representing Kappan’s case in the apex-court.