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SRINAGAR: The J&Okay authorities have sealed the workplace of Kashmir Instances, one of many distinguished and oldest English newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar.
Anuradha Bhasin, the chief editor of the every day, dubbed the federal government’s motion as “vendetta for talking out”.
“The Estates Deptt locked our workplace in Srinagar with none due strategy of cancellation & eviction, identical means as I used to be evicted from a flat in Jammu, the place my belongings together with valuables had been handed over to “new allottee”. Vendetta for talking out! No due course of adopted. How peevish,” she tweeted.
By the way, the sealing comes a couple of weeks after Bhasin was evicted from a authorities flat at Jammu allotted to her in 2000.
Bhasin has been vital of the federal government’s insurance policies after Article 370 revocation final yr. She had challenged the web ban within the Supreme Court docket.
In keeping with the Kashmir Instances administration, the Srinagar workplace was sealed on Monday night with out serving any cancellation or eviction discover or following any due strategy of regulation.
“Nothing in writing was given to the publication.”
The newspaper was revealed concurrently from Srinagar and Jammu however the Srinagar version was suspended from March as a result of Covid lockdown.
It’s the second media workplace to face such motion after an workplace of a neighborhood information company was locked in Srinagar final week.
An official of the Estates Division stated that Kashmir Instances had two quarters within the Press Enclave and certainly one of them was taken again by the division “amicably”.
Political leaders on Tuesday too reacted sharply on the entire improvement, whereas a bunch of about dozen journalists supplied their providers at no cost as a mark of solidarity with the newspaper.
Former chief minister and Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah condemned the federal government motion.
“This explains why a few of our ‘esteemed’ publications have determined to grow to be authorities mouthpieces, printing solely authorities press handouts. The value of impartial reportage is to be evicted with out due course of,” he alleged in his tweet.
Expressing solidarity with Bhasin, the group of journalists alleged that there are renewed makes an attempt ‘to throttle the every day” which has been “on the forefront of combating in opposition to authorities curbs on communications and press freedom in Kashmir, particularly post-August 5”.
“We categorical our solidarity and help to its editors and our colleagues there,” it stated.
“A few of the undersigned journalists would additionally like to increase a suggestion of devoting some work hours, at no cost, day-after-day to help the Kashmir Instances editorial group which might considerably assist maintain the paper in these troublesome occasions,” it additional added in a press release.
CPI(M) chief Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami alleged that “it’s nothing however vendetta politics and an try and suppress the dissenting voices within the area”.
(With PTI Inputs)