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Broadband disruptions impact newspaper operations in IOK

Srinagar, August 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, with some Hurriyet leadership calling for Pakistan Day celebrations, today in the territory, the authorities have once again clamped down on flow of information by cutting the broadband services, thereby greatly impacting the operations of newspapers.

While the mobile internet services have already been suspended since early July, the leased line services and broadband services for newspapers were also disrupted.

Shujaat Bukhari, editor of Rising Kashmir in a media interview in Srinagar said that it was around 2 pm on Saturday that the broadband services stopped functioning. “This has greatly affected the operations of newspapers and news agencies. We are trying to do all our work manually now by taking out printouts.”

Bukhari said while the mobile internet services have not been restored since last month, the newspapers were able to operate because of leased line and broadband services they subscribed to. “The private leased line services stopped functioning yesterday. The strange part is that the authorities are once again not owning up to having cut these services. Today we hope to manage with whatever we had downloaded till afternoon, but things are becoming difficult,” said Bukhari.

This is the second time in the past month that the newspapers in Kashmir have faced curbs on part of the government in their functioning. On the night of July 15/16, the premises of three leading newspapers of the Valley – Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Times and Rising Kashmir – were raided by the police, their staff was detained and their copies seized.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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