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Political leaders criticise sealing of newspaper office in Srinagar

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Srinagar : Political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reacted sharply to the sealing of the office of ‘Kashmir Times’ here by authorities.

The Estates Department on Monday sealed the office of the prominent English daily allotted to it in a government building at Press Enclave, with the newspaper owners claiming that no prior notice was given to them.

Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah condemned the government action.

“This explains why some of our ‘esteemed’ publications have decided to become government mouthpieces, printing only government press handouts. The price of independent reportage is to be evicted without due process,” he alleged in his tweet.

CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami alleged that “it is nothing but vendetta politics and an attempt to suppress the dissenting voices in the region”.

Bhasin had alleged that her newspaper had been targeted as she had moved the Supreme Court against media restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre abrogated Article 370 in August last year.

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