While asking the administration to restore the Internet, Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) has said that the suspension of the service was troubling all sections of the society in Kashmir.
“It has been more than three months and the Internet services still remain suspended in Kashmir, troubling all sections of the society particularly the local media,” KEG observed in a meeting held here on Thursday.
The KEG members said that it is not the media only that is facing the brunt of the Internet blockade but other sections of the society too are suffering.
The KEG members asked the government to restore at least broadband services to media houses, educational and health institutions and business community, particularly the ones affiliated with tourism sector.
The meeting observed that the publication of local newspapers is becoming increasingly impossible in the absence of internet services.
“Despite all odds, the local newspaper organizations ensured that their newspapers hit the stands every morning and tried to share, whatever information they could gather despite information blockade, with their readers. But it is now becoming too difficult as the communication situation is not improving a bit,” the KEG members said, adding, “Newspapers can’t continue their publication exclusively depending on a few Internet facilitated systems of the Information Department.”
“For smooth functioning of the newspapers, collection and dissemination of information, KEG asks the administration to restore at least broadband internet services to registered newspapers,” the KEG members said.