J&K government revokes ban on newspaper 'Kashmir Reader'

The banned Kashmir Reader hit Kashmir markets in May 2013, however, on Oct 2, five cops walked up to its Batamaloo office and handed over an order from District Magistrate Srinagar directing its printer and publisher to cease its publication with immediate effect

J&K government revokes ban on newspaper

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to revoke its ban on daily Kashmir Reader and allow it to resume publication after shutting it down for three months, reports The Indian Express.

“The newspaper had made a representation before the government seeking permission to resume its publication. The case was examined and the government was satisfied that there is no further need to disallow its publication,’’ Director Information, J&K government Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told The Indian Express. “A formal order in this case will be issued in a day or two”.


Pertinently this was  first such an extreme action by state in last thirty years that a newspaper has been banned in Kashmir. However, newspapers have been facing intermittent closures after government clampdown.

The banned Kashmir Reader hit Kashmir markets in May 2013, however, on Oct 2, five cops walked up to its Batamaloo office and handed over an order from District Magistrate Srinagar directing its printer and publisher to cease its publication with immediate effect.

The government order read that the “content published by the Kashmir Reader can incite violence”. The charge rejected by its editor. The government has not cited any particular evidence for imposing the ban on its publication.