Mehbooba Mufti denies ban on newspapers

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Photo credit: Faisal Khan
J&K Police had closed down the offices of two printing presses after seizing the newspaper plates (Photo credit: Faisal Khan)

Speaking to Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti on July 19 about the clampdown on newspapers in the state, Union information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu sought all details linked with it.

The Chief Minister denied that there was such a ban on newspaper publication.

It may be noted J&K Police had closed down the offices of two printing presses after seizing the newspaper plates and printed copies in distant Rangreth Industrial Estate.

Local newspapers did not hit the stands for the past three days after official controls on the media following widespread protests in the Valley.

The J&K government was flayed for meddling with the media and termed it as “unfortunate”, stated The Editors Guild of India.

The unrest in Kashmir also echoed in the Rajya Sabha with the several members demanding an all-party meet on the issue.

Meanwhile, the death toll on 12 consecutive days of protests in Jammu and Kashmir has increased to 44. Raising pro-azadi slogans, the separatists have, meanwhile, issued a protest calendar extending the protest until July 22. Around 3,500 people, including 1,400 security personnel, have been injured in the violent protests.