Srinagar: Kashmir Editors Guild, (KEG) has expressed its gratitude to the Press Council of India, (PCI) for taking cognizance of the complaint filed by the editors’ body over stopping of government advertisements to two major dailies, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader, published from Srinagar, Kashmir.
“It is a welcome step by the PCI as measures like curbing free flow of information tend to undermine the freedom of press, besides putting the media organizations through whole lot of trouble”, KEG said in a statement issued here on Friday.
PCI issued a showcause notice to the government of Jammu and Kashmir and the state information department after major newspapers of Kashmir protested by running blank front pages on March 10 against the government decision.
The KEG has been urging authorities to at least offer reasons behind the decision to withdraw the advertisements to the two newspapers. However, the government has maintained a stoic silence over the issue.