#Day35: Internet service providers ordered to ‘shut’ services in Kashmir

KL NEWSNETWORK

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Media Gag

State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have asked the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to stop Internet services in Kashmir “immediately”, a leading daily newspaper reported on Friday.

“Several service providers said that they got phone calls from the authorities, directing them to suspend the Internet services, especially to newspapers and other media houses,” reported the newspaper.

Kashmir Life couldn’t verify the news independently due to the suspended mobile network.

On last night Thursday, authorities blocked the mobile phone services for second time in a month, except the state-owned BSNL post-paid phones.

Pertinently, on the night of July 15, the authorities raided the printing presses of various newspaper and seized their printed copies. Editors and owners had reacted sharply to the media gag, and even staged a sit-in against the government move. But then, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti held a meeting with editors of all newspapers publishing from Kashmir and promised her ‘support’.

 

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