Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government has sealed offices and printing presses of three English dailies accusing them of publishing “highly inflammatory” material pertaining to burning down of a religious place in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
The printing presses were sealed Thursday night and the publications suspended indefinitely on the orders of Jammu Deputy Commissioner M K Dwivedi.
‘According to him, three newspapers (The Shadow, Early Times and Glimpses of Future) were publishing inflammatory material,’ said a notice served on the three English newspapers published from Jammu.
In the later evening government also suspend the websites of said newspapers.
“Notices have been served to printers and publishers of these newspapers for publication of highly inflammatory material pertaining to a religious place in Anantnag. The publication of material was such that it could cause unrest and communal tension,” he said.
All Jammu Newspapers Editors Association (AJNEA) and All Small and Medium Newspapers Association (ASMNA) passed a resolution condemning the act and terming it an assault on the freedom of press by the government.
While talking to Managing Editor of Early Times, Manish Gupta told Agence India Press that, we always carry exclusive stories in our newspaper, which are mostly against the NC government, as we believe in truths and facts; our job is just to bring an actual picture in front of readers. So publishing an inflammatory stories are just excuses by the government, they just want to hide the facts.
Even every newspaper in Jammu has carried news item on the Shivalik Mandir then why targeting a few among all, this is like murder activity on the freedom of press by the government he further added.
The newspapers would be moving the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for a stay on the government action.
An official release quoting Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, J.P. Singh, said the ‘reports were baseless’. The temple was intact.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also sent a team of ministers to check the rumour, but no damage to the temple was discovered.
The government on Thurday released pictures of the Shivalik Mandir to the media. The picture according to the government was taken on Thursday.