Srinagar, April 03, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities in their ongoing onslaught on local media in the territory have banned advertisements to an Urdu daily, Kashmir Uzma. Srinagar-based two widely read newspapers Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader are already facing such ban for past many months. The ban on Kasmir Uzma, as usual, is unexplained and implemented without conveying to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) in a statement regretted the move saying that it was expecting the lifting of the ban on government business to two major newspapers – Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader – but the authorities have added Kashmir Uzma to the list.
“The ban, as we have conveyed earlier, is continuation of the onslaught that the Kashmir media has been subjected to, since 1989 in particular. The onslaught has led to the untold miseries to the institution of media and the shaking of the faith in the institution of democracy,” The KEG said in a statement issued after its meeting in Srinagar.
The KEG discussed the fresh ban order and reiterated its stand that the ban was not only strangulating the media but was also impacting the idea of democracy.
“The Editors are at a loss to understand the wisdom behind the undemocratic decision-making,” the statement said and added that the media in Kashmir was one of the most professional media in this part of the world and would continue to report the happenings in the occupied territory professionally, objectively and honestly. The Editors also conveyed to the media outside occupied Kashmir that they should take note of the happenings in the territory seriously.
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