Kashmir: Editors Guild of India urges Mehbooba Mufti to reconsider ban on Kashmir Reader

While asking Chief Minister Mufti to reconsider the “order to ban the publication”, the Guild has also put the onus on editors to uphold the best journalistic standards of fairness and balance while publishing news.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Updated: October 21, 2016 6:28 pm
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The Editors Guild of India has urged J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to “reconsider the order to ban the publication” of Kashmir Reader, a Srinagar-based English daily. The J-K government banned the publication of the newspaper on October 2, accusing it of publishing “content that incites violence”.

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“The Editors Guild of India has always championed the cause of the freedom of the press and believes that any move to obstruct, infringe or impose a ban on the press is an assault on democracy itself,” a statement issued by the President of Guild Raj Chengappa said. “The Editors Guild of India requests the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to go into the complaint that the ban was ‘arbitrary’ and that ‘no notice was served to him before publication”.

While asking Chief Minister Mufti to reconsider the “order to ban the publication”, the Guild has also put the onus on editors to uphold the best journalistic standards of fairness and balance while publishing news.

On October 2, the J-K government ordered ban on the publication of Kashmir Reader. The ban order issued by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone read that the newspaper contains “material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquility”.

“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”.

Valley journalists and editors have been protesting against the ban on the publication of the newspaper terming it “arbitrary” and as “against the spirit of democracy and freedom of press”.

In fact, the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) had sought the intervention of the Press Council of India and warned of “direct action” if the government failed to revoke the ban immediately.

“The ban, without any prior notice to the printer, publisher and owner of Kashmir Reader is against the basic spirit of democracy as well as the freedom of press,” the Kashmir Editors Guild said. “The government order, banning the newspaper, is vague and unclear about the charges for which such a harsh step has been taken”.

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    IML sood
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm
    Does this Editors Guild of India want to compromise honour of India in name of freedom of press.Before asking CM to reconsider the decision taken on the basis of law and order situation, have they gone through what and why anti Indian, anti Govt. news were given prominence to add fuel to the fire.Now people are watching Guild's behaviour which shows more threat than peaceful way as if trying to hide some guilt by Guild. Have some ethics which is essential trait of such insutions.
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    laird of
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm
    indian army should shoot to kill all Kashmir people
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    laird of
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    kill all Kashmir people problem sorted
  4. A
    Oct 12, 2016 at 5:26 am
    Pellet guns should not be used in jandk as no other states in India uses pellet guns even if violence should ste by step reduce army and make army to move in pok to annex it back,Article 370 should be removed by gov .
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    MP Singh
    Oct 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    In order to maintain law and order and peace in the streets, the newspapers are obligated to avoid publishing explosive news, failing which the government has every right to ban publication of the newspaper. Just notice, the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) has threatened "direct action" like terrorists in defiance of the ban. Where everybody speaks the terrorist language how can you expect peace there? Ban should not be be lofted unless and until the newspapers agree to the code of conduct for their publication.
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    Shyamal Ganguly
    Oct 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm
    Just punish the people, deprive them and keep them ignorant and when they rebel kill em.
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