In Solidarity: Editors Visit Newspaper Banned For 3 Months

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Srinagar: A delegation comprising of all the members of the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) led by President Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo visited the office of the daily Kashmir Reader, Tuesday to express solidarity with the paper which is resuming publication after nearly three months. They interacted with the newspaper staff and reassured them that Kashmir media corp was indivisible and a monolith that will fight all challenges together.

“The curbs on media are nothing new but every time there was a crisis, the media has taken it head on and will continue to do so,” Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo told the staff of Kashmir Reader. “We continue to uphold the highest degree of professionalism and objectivity.” He said the crisis makes journalists wiser and helps them understand the unpredictability of Kashmir better. “Our strength comes from the challenges we face on day to day basis but it costs,” he said.

The editors assured the newspaper that KEG has left no stone un-turned in ensuring the Reader resumes its publication. They were moved to see the newspaper staff dusting the desks that had remained unused and forbidden since October 2, 2016, when the government imposed ban on the newspaper. Reporters and other staffers were smiling after a long time, the desk editors of the newspaper told visiting editors. The ban on the newspaper was lifted and it is resuming its publication tonight.

In their interaction with the newspaper staff, the president said the Guild is tackling various issues confronting the media as a fraternity and as a sector in a gradual process, which, in fact, has already started.

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