Journalists protest against continued internet suspension for 100 days



Scores of journalists working with various media organisations on Tuesday protested in Srinagar against the continued suspension of internet services in Kashmir since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

Journalists protest against continued internet suspension for 100 days

The protesting journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services in the valley so that they are able to perform their professional duties..

“We took out a protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now,” said senior journalist Pervez Bukhari.

He said that internet is a basic tool for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration.

On August 5, the central government revoked the state’s special status and bifurcated the state into two union territorie, internet and communication lines were snapped in Kashmir.

Postpaid mobile connections were restored in the Valley on October 14 after they were suspended. Pre-paid phones and all internet services are still suspended since August 5.

The government had set up a “Media Facilitation Centre” for journalists at a conference hall of a hotel and later shifted it to Directorate of Information office. However, journalists have complained that it lacked sufficient computers and that they had to wait for several hours to work.

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