‘Kashmir Reader’ Back on Stands After Three-Month Ban

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The front-page of Kashmir Reader today.

The front-page of the Kashmir Reader today.

Srinagar: Local English daily Kashmir Reader hit the stands today after it was banned by the Jammu and Kashmir government for nearly three months on charges that its publication was a threat to peace in the valley.

The newspaper started its publication and distribution for the first time after it was banned through an order passed by district magistrate, Srinagar on October 2.

The district magistrate’s order had alleged that the publication of Kashmir Reader posed a threat to peace in the valley which had been going through a period of turmoil since July following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

The revocation of the ban on the newspaper is seen as the first success for the newly-formed Kashmir Editors’ Guild, a body of all major dailies and weeklies published from the Valley.

In an editorial published by the newspaper today, they commented on revocation of the ban saying, “The work that must go in producing a newspaper every day cannot ever be postponed. Three months is a long time in the life of a daily and those who make it – reporters, editors and members of its administrative and managerial staff. But for us at Kashmir Reader it felt like just the next day after October 2 when a posse of police walked into our office announcing a government gag on the four-year-old newspaper.”

(With PTI inputs)

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