Censorship: Daily Newspaper Kashmir Reader Banned by J&K government

The publication put up a post on its internet edition claiming the government passed an order saying it featured content that tends to incite violence.

Daily newspaper Kashmir Reader said on Sunday said that the Jammu and Kashmir government had ordered a ban on its publication, after passing an order saying it "tends to incite acts of violence". The ban on the newspaper was also reported by CNN-News18.

The paper said that five policemen had visited the Kashmir Reader's offices directing the printer, publisher and owner to issue them an order from the Srinagar District Magistrate telling them to stop publishing.

"On the basis of credible inputs it has been observed that the daily newspaper namely Kashmir Reader published within the jurisdiction of district Srinagar contains such material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquility,” said the order, according to a post on the Kashmir Reader's website.

The post included a scanned copy of this order, which also says, "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 tranquillity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Srinagar District in particular."

Hilal Mir, editor of the newspaper, said, “The government first needs to tell us how we are inciting violence.”

He added: "They have said it is banned till further orders. So they can revoke order themselves, if better sense prevails. We will obviously contest the ban but we are exploring how.”

It was Kashmir Reader that had carried stories on Kashmiri students being beaten up in Haryana last week. 

Kashmiri Students Beaten Up in Haryana 



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