Srinagar: Journalists on Saturday continued a sit-in protest at Lal Chowk here to protest continued ban on daily Kashmir Reader.
Carrying banners and placards to denounce the “undemocratic and arbitrary ban”, the journalists assembled at Press Enclave and held a brief sit-in. The protesting journalists were carrying placards which read like ‘Withdraw gag on media’, ‘Withdraw ban on Kashmir Reader’.
The journalist fraternity said that the protests will continue until the gag order is not revoked by the authorities.
Journalists protesting said the government clamped down on the newspaper in order to send out a warning to others.
“The media is under heavy pressure in Kashmir. Some weeks ago, the government had shut down all printing presses and temporarily banned all newspapers for three days. Other channels of information including social media have also faced controls and curbs,” it said, emphasizing that media freedom is especially relevant and important in disturbed conditions like those in Kashmir. “Violation of normal constitutional rights can only worsen the situation, and it cannot be justified on any pretext,” it added.
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