Two local television channels taken off air by authorities were today permitted to resume broadcast by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court which also lifted the ban on SMS messages.
JK Channel and Take-i Channel were asked by Jammu administration officials yesterday to stop broadcasting on the ground that their news reports were inciting violence in the curfew-bound areas.
A division bench of justices JP Singh and Sunil Hali stayed an order of Jammu district magistrate and permitted their broadcast till the next hearing on August 8.
The court also lifted a restriction placed by the administration banning SMS services. Its response followed a public interest litigation filed by the Bar Association of Jammu.
The judges directed the district administration to treat media identity cards as curfew passes and ensure that they (cards) are honoured by curfew enforcing agencies, including the Army.
Jammu has been rocked by violence as protestors are demanding restoration of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) to build temporary structures for pilgrims.