Mehbooba Mufti denies ban on publication of newspapers
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has denied the reported ban on publication of newspapers in the state.
Clarifying to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who had sought details of the matter, Mufti said no such ban has been imposed in the state.
According to official sources, Naidu spoke to Mehbooba Mufti on Monday night on the issue of ban on newspapers in the state.
Amitabh Mattoo, a top aide of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday denied that the state government has imposed a ban on the media in Kashmir, saying “heads will roll” after it is clear who took the decision.
On Saturday, state police had reportedly banned newspaper publication in Kashmir for three days after police raided media houses and shut down a major printing press in what is being seen as the most sweeping information blackout in the valley rocked by violence.
The editors and newspaper owners of Srinagar-based dailies were told by a government spokesman and minister on Saturday evening that they should stop publication in view of the strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley.