IFJ flays JK govt on restrictions

SRINAGAR, NOV 9: The Belgium based International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate organisation, the National Union of Journalists (India) have expressed concern over the JK government’s...

SRINAGAR, NOV 9: The Belgium based International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate organisation, the National Union of Journalists (India) have expressed concern over the JK government's advisory to the media organisations, warning against the "publication of certain objectionable material".
The media has been directed by the government to "refrain from publication of objectionable and seditious material" and failure to comply would constrain government to "take action" under rules, which also allow for the withdrawal of official advertising from non-compliant organisations.
"The use of a term such as sedition in official notifications involving the press is a matter of serious concern for all journalists," said the IFJ Asia-Pacific in a statement.
"We urge the Jammu and Kashmir government to de-link their ad placement policy from the editorial stance of particular newspapers in the interests of genuine media freedom."
The IFJ criticized the move to impose curbs on media.

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