Kashmir newspapers resume publications

Srinagar, July 11: The newspapers in Indian Kashmir on Sunday decided to resume publications from Monday after government agreed to resolve all their issues.

Protests in Kashmir over youths killed photo by - AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan

The newspapers had not hit the stands in Indian Kashmir since Wednesday when authorities imposed tougher curfew and pressed army into service. The army conducted flag marches in Srinagar, the summer capital of the region and other parts of Kashmir for two days. They are on the stand-by mode.

The authorities did not issue curfew passes to the media men for two days and issued the passes to a selected lost.

On Sunday, representatives of media and government held a meeting to discuss the prevailing situation. The government assured the media representatives that the curfew passes would not just be issued to journalists but would also be provided to hawkers and other men associated with the print industry. “The curfew passes will be totally entertained by the police, paramilitary and military soldiers,” an official spokesman.

He said the government has also accepted to review the cases against the media persons and the representatives were assured that there would be no discrimination between the Indian and the local media.

A spokesman of the media associations said that they have decided to resume publication of the newspapers following assurance by the authorities. “The newspaper will now hit the stands in the region on Monday,” the spokesman added.

The curfew was clamped on Tuesday afternoon after four persons including a 25-year old woman died in police and CRPF firing in Batamaloo and Maisuma areas of Srinagar. On Wednesday, army was called out to assist the civil administration in maintaining law and order in the valley. At least 25 persons mostly teenagers have died in police and paramilitary firing in Indian Kashmir during past fortnight triggering massive anti-India protests.

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