10 JK Newspapers Likely to Face Advertisement Axe from Modi Govt

KL Desk

SRINAGAR

The DAVP advertisements, released by union ministry of government of India, to newspapers running in Jammu and Kashmir may be withheld, reports said on Friday.

According to a newspaper report, a survey has pointed out that the contents in the publications are “detrimental to national interest”. It has identified ten newspapers running in J&K.

The Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, government of India, has a policy of distributing government advertisements to small and large newspapers.

“An analysis carried out by security agencies have indicated that these papers, Urdu and English, have been taking an anti-India stand in the Valley,” the report reads.

Additional Director General (Media) Union Ministry of Home Affairs, KS Dhatwalia, report says, has confirmed that MHA held a detailed meeting over the issue where a proposal was submitted concerning it.

“A discussion was held but no decision has been taken. DAVP advertisements are given as per guidelines,” he was quoted as having said.

“A final decision would be taken after MHA holds consultations with I&B Ministry under which DAVP falls, the state government and the IB,” it said.

“Their reports and opinion pieces allegedly incite violence. The editorials in these papers also were accused by the analysis of supporting separatist ideology,” the survey has concluded.

More than 35 Union Ministries and public sector units advertise in these papers though some of the newspapers have minimal circulation, an official was quoted as having said.

“The Centre hopes that the state government would rein in the newspapers trying to create trouble,” the report added.

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