Govt takes back allotted quarters from some newspapers in Kashmir, editors aghast

BK Web Desk/Srinagar
July 4, 2017 BREAKING NEWS 336 Views

In an unexpected development, the state government has asked some Editors of Kashmir based newspapers to vacate the government accommodations.

The step comes soon after government stopped issuing Advertisements to various local as well as weekly newspapers of Kashmir for unknown reasons.

The editors whose media quarters have been snatched believe that it is the conspiracy to muzzle the voices of media who write pro-Kashmir. “They want to crush the media here and it is one of the ploys of the government, “said the group of editors.

The editors whose quarters have been taken back include, Farooq Wani, Editor, Brighter Kashmir, Rashid Rahil, Asian Mail, Tariq Lone, Aaj Tak, Wajih Andrabi, Jabroot, Rehmat Khan, Rehmat newspapers.

According to them, the estates department has allotted them quarters in 2012 but but were never renewed despite pleas from the editors. “We are running our newspapers from these quarters but now where will we go. We live in far flung areas and our only station is these quarters,” they said.

They said their work will be hindered if the media accommodation is not given back to them.

According to reports,  84 media persons have been given accommodation by the state government under discretionary quota followed by 56 political persons, 40 former legislators, 10 former MPs, 11 MLAs and MLCs, besides two MPs in Srinagar and Jammu.

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