Srinagar: The government on Tuesday issued a formal order allowing Kashmir Reader to start publishing again nearly three-months after the newspaper was banned at the peak of a popular uprising sparked by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July.
An order issued by District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Farooq Lone said, “Kashmir Reader was directed to abstain from printing and publishing under section 144 CRPC. That order remains enforceable for two months only as such has lapsed on 30/11/2016. Since no extension has been ordered by the government, there is no ban on publishing of the newspaper as on date”.
On October 2, the government had ordered printing presses to stop printing and publication of Kashmir Reader, else punitive measures under various sections of different laws can be invoked against them. Scores of protests were held by journalists in the Valley against the ban order. Many organisations including Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), a body of owners/editors had pressed for revocation of the ban during its meeting with the government.
Early today, KEG led by its president Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo visited the office of Kashmir Reader assuring the KR staff that the valley’s media fraternity was united and committed to fighting all challenges together.
Kashmir Reader is thankful to journalists, organisations which expressed solidarity with KR during the ban.