NC legislature demands empanelment of newspapers, rollback of new ad policy
Mubarak Gul accuses PDP-BJP Govt of muzzling media in JK
KG News Desk
Srinagar, June 21: National Conference MLA, Mubarak Gul on Tuesday demanded rollback of new advertisement policy, enhancement in information budget and subsequently empanelling of new newspapers who are suffering a lot since last more than six years.
The legislature had on June 10 also raised the same question of serious problems that are being faced by the local newspapers of J&K. Mubarak Gul said during Governor’s rule; the authorities formed the new advertisement policy which is anti-media.
The NC MLA had said Jammu and Kashmir’s Press Association also termed it as anti-newspapers and totally detrimental to the interests of the fourth pillar of the democracy. “The publishers of most of the newspapers also staged protest demonstrations against it,” said Gul in the House.
The NC MLA also said that the owners of the newspapers who are publishing their newspapers from last five to six years were asked by the information department that as per new advertisement policy their previous time period will not be counted.
“So as per the newly formed advertisement policy these owners have to publish their newspapers on their own expenses for next three years for empanelment. If the necessary amendments in the advertisement policy are not being made soon, then why is not information department considering the previous time period of these newspapers,” he asked.
According to news agency GNS, Mubarak Gul sought assurance from Government with regard to holding meeting of empanel committee and amending new Advertisement policy.
He accused PDP-BJP ruling government of muzzling the voice of media in Jammu and Kashmir.
“If in previous years, the J&K information department smoothly holds such meetings well in time. Why the department is not holding any such meeting since last more than five years to clear the cases already in pipeline. Why they have to wait three years more if they have already passed the time frame,” the legislature said.