January 7th, 2012 14:05 EST
Union Home Ministry Rethinking Decision to Release Government Advertisements
New Delhi/Srinagar: The Union Home Ministry may soon issue the order to release the official advertisements to five Kashmir based newspapers which were stopped last year for their Anti-India Editorial content ".
Sources in the Home Ministry told Agence India Press that they were rethinking their decision to release the government advertisements again to the Kashmiri newspapers.
A few days back editors of the newspapers approached us and now the concerned officials are reconsidering the earlier decision, " a top Home Ministry official told Agence India Press wishing anonymity.
He further said that the Home Ministry have sought a report from the J&K government and other security agencies about the current editorial stance of these newspapers Weare waiting for the reports and we want to see their editorial content of last three months whether it was against the government or supportive " he said adding that the final call would be taken after receiving the report.
The Union Home Ministry last year had asked all the union ministries to stop all the official advertisement to the five largest dailies of Kashmir (Rising Kashmir, Greater Kashmir, Kashmir times, Buland Kashmir and Daily Etalaat) for their anti India stance.
The Home Ministry official further told this correspondent that the editors have cited the reason of serious revenue problems " when they approach Prime minister`s office about the matter. All the Newspapers editors have said their revenue depends upon those ads and they are facing severe revenue problems " the official said.
Pertinently, Jammu & Kashmir Press Association delegation which met top officials of J&K Governments in winter capital Jammu termed the meet very productive, We are hopeful government will revoke the ban soon, because we are facing serious problems, " an editor of a Kashmir newspaper told Agence India Press. (AIPNEWS)
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