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Jammu & Kashmir Limiting Approach to MFC in Srinagar

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In an unexpected move, the division of Information and Public Relation in Jammu-Kashmir Monday confined access for journalists, including individuals from the overseas press, to the Media Facilitation Center (MFC) in Sarovar Portico inn in Srinagar. Just those journalist that was licensed by the state government is being permitted into the inside. The move was later pulled back after the involvement of the Kashmir Press Club and senior writers.

Executive, Information, J&K, Sherish Asgar stated: “Indeed, we have done this following a few objections of abuse.”

Security authorities deputed at the MFC revealed that they have gotten directions from the legislature to permit just those journalists who are licensed with the government of Jammu and Kashmir. “We have been given a rundown of names and just those journalists will be permitted,” said an authority.

In the first part of the day, passage for all non-certify journalists, including journalists from New Delhi, was confined. A non-domestic journalist working for a national TV station demonstrated his PIB card to the security authorities at MFC, yet he was not permitted to enter.

Delhi-based Journalists that work for foreign media also were not permitted access on Monday morning. “In what capacity would this be able to occur? I have an accreditation card from New Delhi,” a journalist working for outside media was heard telling the security guards.

Today, in the Supreme Court, the Center told a seat headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that all Kashmir-based papers are running and the government has been offering a wide range of help to journalists in the state.

“Media passes are given for access to limited territories and journalists are offered access to telephones and Internet,” including that “Television slots like Doordarshan and others private ones, just as FM systems are additionally working.”

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and judges S A Bobde and S A Nazeer was hearing an appeal by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin, who said she was not ready to publish her newspaper from Srinagar as correspondence might have been “injured” after the Center’s choice to revoke Article 370. Bhasin had said that even a month after the confinements were forced, she was all the while confronting challenges.

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