Mehbooba Mufti expresses guilt, Kashmir Newspapers restart Publication


SRINAGAR: After five days of gap local newspapers in Kashmir Valley is back on track , when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti shows sadness after meeting  editors and owners of concerned newspaper over restrictions on the media.

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All local newspapers that alleged suppression by the government again started their publication from today. And the newspaper distributors and hawkers returned to their business. “It is good that newspapers have resumed their publications. We are happy not only from the business point of view, but because it will also spread factual information in the Valley where rumour mills are always buzzing,” a newspaper distributor here said.

After the police allegedly raided local newspapers weather English, Urdu or Kashmiri had failed to strike the position on Saturday . On Saturday a meeting held on  Kashmir-based newspaper editors, printers and publishers where they decided to stop their publications until the government owned up to the suppression . Against this clampdown ,journalists  also held a protest , tagging it as an attack on the freedom of press and stopped their publications.

Government says, there were no restrictions on printing and publishing of newspapers on Tuesday. Later it clearified that  there are no restrictions on printing and publishing of newspapers in the districts , District Magistrates of Srinagar and Budgam said.

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Since the government had not changed its press emergency they regret that it may not be possible to resume the publication of newspapers. Editors and owners yesterday said. But government should take the responsibility that there will be no further harm to the media people and to news gathering, printing and the distribution of the newspapers, they said in a statement.

Ms Mehbooba explained that there has been no deliberate attempt for restrictions from government side ,whatever had happened it was regrettable .

Journalists will be now facilitate to the maximum extend for the smooth movement of media , chief minister assured . She assured them that the State Government is committed to independence of the media at all costs and complaints of highhandedness against the press, if any, amid the prevailing situation will be looked into”.