Govt bans publication of Kashmir Reader

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Srinagar: The State government on Sunday banned publication of Kashmir Reader newspaper  saying “the contents published in the it can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquility”.

“On the basis of credible inputs it has been observed that the daily newspaper namely Kashmir Reader published within the jurisdiction of district Srinagar contains such material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquility,” reads the order issued by District Magistrate Srinagar.

The order further states that it has been observed that the contents published in the newspaper are of such nature that can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquility in the state and Srinagar in particular”.

“The further printing and publication of the newspaper can disrupt public tranquility in the State, especially in Srinagar district. It has become expedient in the interest of prevention of this anticipated breach of public tranquility to forthwith take necessary precautionary measures,” it reads.

The order issued by CM further states, “There are sufficient reasons to invoke the powers vested in me by Section 144 CrPC read with Section 3 of newspapers incitement of the offences Act, 1971 and Section 10 of Press and Publication Act, 1989 and proceed further in the matter by passing a conditional order of stopping the printing and publishing of newspaper through printing presses”.

“I direct the Editor, publisher and owner of the daily Kashmir Reader to abstain from printing and publishing of the newspaper till further orders so that disturbance of public tranquility is prevented,” adds the official order.

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