Stop ads of newspapers that print ‘anti-national’ articles: GoI to J&K Govt

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Srinagar

The ministry of home affairs has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to stop advertising in local newspapers that allegedly publish “anti-national articles”.

Without naming any newspaper, the ministry has told the J&K government that some publications were publishing “highly radicalised content glamorising terrorists and anti-national elements”, reports said on Saturday.

New Delhi has written to the Mehbooba Mufti-led government to deal strictly with such newspapers. In a letter dated October 18, 2017 and addressed to senior officials of the J&K government and the Jammu & Kashmir police, the home ministry says: “It is understood that some newspapers in J&K are publishing highly radicalised content glamorising terrorists and anti-national elements. This is against the Constitution of India as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” Hindustan Times reported.

The letter further says, “…publishing of anti-national articles in the newspapers of the state should be strictly dealt with. Such newspapers should also not be given any patronage by way of advertisements by the state government. This may be circulated to all concerned for strict compliance.”

Home ministry officials declined to comment.

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