DUJ Condemns Withdrawal of Ads from Kashmir Newspapers… The Delhi Union of Journalists condemns the move by the Jammu & Kashmir administration, currently under Central rule, to stop government advertisements to two popular newspapers Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader.
We applaud the solidarity shown by 13 newspapers that protested the arbitrary move by carrying blank front pages on Sunday March 10, 2019. We express our solidarity with the Kashmir Editors Guild that held a protest at the Press Club.
We note that the Jammu & Kashmir Government has issued no statement or explanation for its sudden withdrawal of advertisements. It seems to be an arm-twisting exercise to punish newspapers that do not publish news and views in accordance with the government’s wishes.
It also sends out a warning to other newspapers to toe the government line or perish. The allocation of government advertising cannot be an arbitrary matter, it must follow guidelines and due process. We demand that the Press Council take up the issue with the J&K Government and ensure that advertisements to these newspapers be restored with immediate effect.