Kashmir newspapers to resume from Thursday

Srinagar, July 20 (IANS) Kashmir newspapers are expected to hit the stands on Thursday after the government assured editors and publishers that their work won’t be hindered by the heightened security in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of unrest that has left over 40 people dead and hundreds injured.

The government had put curbs on the media on Saturday and lifted the ban on Tuesday, saying the decision taken at some “local” level was a mistake.

But newspapers refused print runs, alleging that the authorities were denying that the government had banned newspaper publications in the valley.

The logjam was resolved in a meeting on Wednesday between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and editors of Srinagar-based newspapers.

Editors and publishers said the Chief Minister “regretted” the ban and assured them of unhindered news gathering, printing and distribution.

–IANS

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