Valley newspapers hit stands after 3 days
‘It Was Unofficial Gag Order Put Into Place Soon After Afzal Execution’
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Feb 13: After three days of ban on publication of newspapers in Kashmir, local dailies hit the stands on Wednesday.
The print media organizations after getting nod from the administration about the publication of dailies resumed work in offices on Tuesday.
The publications were suspended on Saturday evening after the management of the newspaper organizations were verbally communicated by the officials to stop publishing dailies as they won’t be allowed for circulation.
However, in difficult conditions, the online editions were updated for subscribers worldwide. This is the third time in the last five years that local dailies were forced to suspend the publications due to restrictions imposed by the government.
Last time the newspapers were not allowed publication for days in 2008 and 2010.
The unofficial ban on publications was enforced on Saturday after Afzal Guru was executed in Tihar Jail. Some New Delhi-based television networks ran special programmes on Tuesday evening on media gag in Kashmir.
“It was an unofficial gag order that came into place soon after the execution of Afzal Guru which meant that no newspaper in the Valley was able to publish copies on Saturday, of what was certainly the biggest news story in the recent past,” said a report on IBNLIVE broadcast on Tuesday evening.
“It is no secret that freedom of expression has a very different meaning in this part of the country. But for the journalists and editors in Srinagar, reporting on and printing one of the biggest stories in the decade has been a no show,” said this report.
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