Srinagar: The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) regretted, yet again, that while it was expecting the lifting of the ban on government advertisements to two major newspapers – Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader – the government has added Kashmir Uzma to the list. The ban, as usual, is unexplained and implemented without conveying any reason to the newspaper.
The ban, as KEG has said earlier, is a continuation of the onslaught that the Kashmir media has been subjected to, since 1989 in particular. The onslaught has led to untold miseries to the institution of media and the shaking of faith in the institution of democracy, the KEG said.
The KEG met on Tuesday to discuss the fresh ban and reiterated that such a ban was not only strangulating the media but also hurting the idea of democracy. The ban has come in the midst of the electoral process that is governed by the Model Code of Conduct. The Information Department has not conveyed the ban formally, the KEG said.
The guild said that editors are at loss to understand the wisdom behind the undemocratic decision-making, especially at a time when electioneering is in progress. The editors said that the media in Kashmir is one of the most professional media in this part of the world and will continue to report the happenings in the turmoil-hit state professionally, objectively and honestly.
The editors also conveyed to the larger media outside Kashmir that they should take note of the happenings in Kashmir seriously because it is also part of their business and their mandate. The Guild has already approached the Press Council of India and will send yet another communication at the earliest.