J&K govt bans Kashmir Reader, calls it a threat to ‘public tranquility’

The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone on Sunday evening issued the order asking the newspaper to stop its publication forthwith.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 3, 2016 3:54 pm
kashmir-reader-ban-759 The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone on Sunday evening issued the order asking the newspaper to stop its publication forthwith. (Source: Screen grab of the Kashmir Reader website)

The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned the publication of Srinagar-based English daily Kashmir Reader calling it a threat to the “public tranquility”. The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone on Sunday evening issued the order asking the newspaper to stop its publication forthwith.

“I District Magistrate Srinagar do hereby direct the printer, published and owner of daily Kashmir Reader to abstain from printing and publishing of the newspaper namely Kashmir Reader till further orders so that disturbance of public tranquility is prevented,” the order reads.

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Defending Lone’s decision, Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said: “Deputy Commissioner must have acted on some complaint against the newspaper”.

Saying that the newspaper contains “material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquility”, the deputy commissioner, in his two-page order, has invoked section 144 of CrPC, Section 3 of Newspapers Incitement of Offences Act 1971 and Section 10 Press and Publication Act of 1989 to ban the publication of the daily newspaper.

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“It has been observed that the contents published in the above newspaper is of such nature that can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquility in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Srinagar district in particular,” the order reads. “It has become expedient in the interest of prevention of this anticipated breach of public tranquility to forthwith take necessary precautionary measures”.

 

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The newspaper, published from Srinagar, was launched six years ago and is known for its anti-establishment stand.

“We received this order and we have not been verbally told anything,” Hilal Ahmad Mir, Editor of Kashmir Reader told The Indian Express. “They have said we are a threat to peace. We are unable to understand, how we could be threat to peace”.

The order has not make mention of specific content that the government thinks can cause breach of peace and public tranquility in the state. “It (order to ban newspaper publication) is unacceptable and unjustifiable in a democracy,” valley’s senior journalist Yusuf Jameel told The Indian Express. “There are generalized allegations (in the order}. There is not any solid reason (for ban). They (government) should have specifically mentioned that such and such content is a threat to law”.

The government has warned the newspaper of “forfeiture of its printing press and other properties used for the purpose” if it didn’t abide by the order.

In July, government has banned the publication of newspapers from valley for several days terming it a “reluctant decision” and a “temporary measure to address an extra-ordinary situation”. After facing a severe backlash, the government had put blame on the police for taking the decision and asked the newspapers to resume publications.

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    Sultan Mahmood
    Oct 4, 2016 at 11:51 am
    Indian pressutes media, which is why the ruling oligarchy elite chooses media outlets who are mostly without experience and knowledge is an excellent tool for the oligarchy. Indian Hindus and Indian liberals actually believed that Modi government on his own could make a difference. Apparently, the gullibility of a majority of Indians is endless. This Indian hallmark of gullibility is why a handful of Zionist's globalists have been pouring fait $ in India economy to fatten Indians and easily lead the sheeple into devastating war and slaughter of 1 billion to reduce the too big world for Pax- Judaica to rule a sizeable world, Indian fools must wake-up or else it's going to be be too late.lt;br/gt;All Indian media outlets must prioritise human rights for all Indians citizens including kashmiri people, and must take initiative denouncing [7] hundred thousand Indian military personal's tyranny in Kashmir, and help stop bleeding of innocence Kashmiri children. Give Kashmir people their democratic right of self-determination rule; Indian government should announce referendum in Kashmir, just as Scottish people were allowed for referendum in UNITED KINGDUM. Let see proof of Indian people performing a proper democratic principles, otherwise Indian may stop pretending before the world that India is a democracy. lt;br/gt;The criminal Indian executive government must immediately be removed from power in Delhi before the insane fools start World War 3. The RAW and Mr Been must be put under tight constraints. Life on the planet is at stake. No more provocations from Delhi. The insanity must stop. Now.
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