SRINAGAR: All India Students Association (AISA) Wednesday condemned the diktat issued to journalists in North Kashmirs Kupwara district for registration of Whatsapp groups.
Such an irrational and dictatorial diktat is unacceptable to say the least. It amounts to censorship and gagging of the voices of journalists. Journalists in Kashmir are already operating under difficult conditions, with tremendous threat of violence and persecution and very low salaries. With tough work conditions and lack of financial support, journalists today are finding it easy to communicate information to one another through Whatsapp, spokesperson AISA said.
The spokesperson said that the gag orders issued to journalists must be withdrawn. Sajad Lone, MLA of Handwara, must intervene to stop the gagging of already muzzled voices, spokesperson added.
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