KEG asks govt to restore internet

‘Publication of local newspapers impossible in absence of internet’

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Wednesday asked the Lt Governor administration to restore internet, at least broadband, services in Kashmir valley.
“It has been more than three months and internet services still remain suspended in Kashmir Valley troubling all sections of the society particularly the local media,” it said during a meeting held here.
In a statement, the KEG said the meeting observed that it is not only the media that is facing the brunt of internet blockade but other sections of the society too are suffering.
The editors group asked the government to restore at least broadband services to media houses, educational and health institutions and business community, particularly the one affiliated with tourism sector.
“The publication of local newspapers is becoming increasingly impossible in absence of internet services. Despite all odds, the local newspaper organizations ensured that their newspapers hit the newsstands every morning and tried to share, whatever information they could gather despite information blockade, with their readers.
“But it is now becoming too difficult as the communication situation is not improving a bit,” observed the KEG meeting, adding, “Newspapers can’t continue their publications exclusively depending on a few internet facilitated systems of the Information department,” the statement added.
For smooth functioning of newspapers, collection and dissemination of information, KEG asked the administration to restore at least broadband internet services to registered newspapers, a statement issued following the meeting said.

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