KEG slams ‘deliberate’ attempts to restrict media

Kashmir Editors’ Guild on Friday expressed serious concern over “systematic governmental efforts” aimed at “weakening” the institution of media in Kashmir.
KEG slams ‘deliberate’ attempts to restrict media
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Kashmir Editors' Guild on Friday expressed serious concern over "systematic governmental efforts" aimed at "weakening" the institution of media in Kashmir.

In a statement, a KEG spokesman said the Guild in its marathon meeting early this week suggested that the government should "avoid amnesia on key decision-making and start implementing the mutually-agreed decisions pertaining to the operations of the media, especially print, across the state."

The KEG regretted the "deliberate attempts to restrict and discipline the media, directly and indirectly, by various appendages of the government" and decided to "fight and foil these attempts."

"The Srinagar media corps, over the decades, has immensely contributed to the constitutionally-enshrined freedom of speech, at times, at colossal costs, and will continue to do so," the statement read.

The meeting expressed serious concern over the "crippling modifications" in the key decisions that the KEG and the government had arrived at in half-a-year long deliberations at various levels.

"These decisions included the accreditation policy, Aiwan-e-Sahafat in Srinagar, the so-called reforms process, new advertisement rates and many other issues," the statement said, adding: "The KEG had expected that initiatives would take off quickly especially after the government appointed a full-fledged Information Minister but it has not moved beyond photo-ops, so far."

The KEG reiterated its stand that strengthening the institution of media, rather than strangulating it, is crucial to the well being of the state "already passing through challenging times."

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