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India bans Pakistani TV in Occupied Kashmir

India bans Pakistani TV in Occupied Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have banned the beaming of Pakistani channels in North Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the authorities have directed the cable operators in Baramulla and Sopore to block five Pakistani news channels and a religious channel with immediate effect.

“We were asked by the Baramulla district Magistrate on Friday evening to stop beaming of PTV, Geo TV, ARY, Dawn News and Express 24/7. They also directed us to block the Pakistani religious channel, Noor TV,” Bobby Singh who runs the cable operation in north Kashmir told mediamen. He said that all these channels were being beamed by the local cable operators to thousands of their subscribers. “The authorities have given no reason for banning the Pakistani channels,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Bashir Ahmed Butt, confirmed imposition of the ban on the Pakistani channels. “As per the orders we have directed the cable operators to block all the Pakistan-based channels in Baramulla and Sopore,” Deputy Commissioner told newsmen.

Meanwhile, Indian police have registered a case against a New Delhi-based private television news channel under various Sections of law.
To protest against the high-handed approach of the authorities towards the journalists in occupied Kashmir, the editors, scribes, video journalists and photojournalists staged a protest demonstration at the press enclave in Srinagar. They had tied black cloth around their mouth, symbolising the curbs and restrictions imposed on their functioning.

Earlier, in a meeting the Kashmir Press Association, Press Guild of Kashmir, Kashmir Journalists Corps, Kashmir Press Photographers Association and Kashmir Video Journalists Association strongly denounced the strong-arm measures of the authorities to curb smooth functioning of media in the occupied territory. A joint statement after the meeting said that a decision was unanimously taken that publication of newspapers could not be resumed unless concrete measures were taken by the authorities to restore complete freedom of media.

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