Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday expressed concern over the accentuating curbs on the freedom of vernacular press in Kashmir saying besides silencing voices critical of the administration, the gags have monopolized the flow of information in Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking strong exception to the dwindling press freedom in Kashmir, Party Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the press fraternity in Kashmir is at the receiving end due to the executive apathy and intrinsic pressure associated with reporting in a conflict situation.
The curbs and gags, he said, will further hinder the free and fair working of the press fraternity in the region. Choking the voice of an independent media, he maintained, would go a long way in widening the gap between the people and the government. This, he added, could have menacing repercussions on the region that continues to remain fragile in spite of a monopolized flow of information.
"People associated with the press in Kashmir are constantly subjected to reappraisals from different quarters. Despite the troubles they are experiencing, they haven’t lowered their guard in highlighting the woes of people," Imran said. While calling for immediate revocation of charges against journalists in Kashmir, he said adding that it does not behoove a democratic set up to muzzle freedom of speech.
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