SRINAGAR – Kashmir Editors Guild has asked the Lt Governor administration to restore internet, at least broadband, services in Kashmir Valley.
“It has been more than three months and internet services still remain suspended in Kashmir Valley troubling all sections of the society particularly the local media,” KEG observed in a meeting held here on Thursday.
The meeting observed that it is not the media only that is facing the brunt of internet blockade but other sections of the society too are suffering.
The meeting asked the govt to restore at least broad band services to media houses, educational and health institutions and business community, particularly the one affiliated with tourism sector.
The meeting observed that the publication of local newspapers is becoming increasingly impossible in absence of internet services.
“Despite all odds, the local newspaper organizations ensured that their newspapers hit the newsstands every morning and tried to share, whatever information they could gather despite information blockade, with their readers. But it is now becoming too difficult as the communication situation is not improving a bit,” observed the
KEG meeting, adding “Newspapers can’t continue their publications exclusively depending on a few internet facilitated systems of the Information Department.”
For smooth functioning of newspapers, collection and dissemination of information, KEG asks the administration to restore at least broadband internet services to registered newspapers, a statement issued following the meeting said.