Kashmir: media gag enforced, journos protest


SRINAGAR: The government on Saturday enforced a ban on publication of newspapers for three days.
A government spokesperson who was contacted during a meeting by Kashmir based newspaper owners and editors over raids on printing facilities of the newspapers conveyed to them that “in view of apprehensions of some trouble in Kashmir in next three days aimed at subverting peace strict curfew will be imposed and movement of newspaper staff and distribution of newspapers will not be possible”, a statement issued here said.
The meeting strongly condemned the ban of the government which is not only reprehensible but also is against the norms of a democratic set up.
This meeting was called to chalk out a strategy on publication of newspapers that has been hit after government ordered raids over the several printing facilities hitting distribution.
The police on Friday night raided the printing facilities of many newspapers here asking employees there no to carry forward printing, even confiscating the printed copies produced.
Police also seized copies of Kashmir Reader in a raid at its printing facilities.
The participants termed it as an attack on the freedom of press and vowed to fight it back at all costs.
Taking the statement of the government in to consideration, the meeting felt that it is not possible to publish the newspapers in view of this direction of the state government.
Meanwhile, newspaper editors apologized to the readers for the breakdown of the newspaper publications which is beyond their control.
The editors assured the readers that as soon as the government lifts the press emergency we will resume our publications.

Meanwhile, a joint resistance group led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have condemned the media gag enforced by the government in the Valley.


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