GK, KR ad ban: PCI issues notice to J&K govt

The Press Council of India has issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government and its information department over banning of advertisements to Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader newspapers.

“The Press Council of India has taken cognisance of the complaint by Kashmir editors’ guild (KEG) and protest by major newspapers of Kashmir by way of running front-page blanks on 11-03-2019 for non-issuance of government advertisements to two leading newspapers of the valley namely Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader without giving any reasons,” a PCI spokesman said in a statement.

“A notice for ‘Statement in Reply’ has been issued to the government of Jammu and Kashmir and the state information department,” the statement said. “The Council views with concern such incident, which tends to undermine the freedom of press.”

In February, the Jammu and Kashmir administration, under governor Satya Pal Malik, had suspended government advertisements to the two newspapers without specifying a reason.