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Newspapers fail to hit the stands in Kashmir Valley

Local newspapers in the Kashmir Valley failed to hit the stands today after strict curfew was imposed by authorities after a fresh spell of violence left 18 people dead.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2010 16:05 IST

Local newspapers in the Kashmir Valley failed to hit the stands on Tuesday after strict curfew was imposed by authorities after a fresh spell of violence left 18 people dead.

No newspaper, either English or Urdu, was published on Monday day after a two-day holiday on account of Eid-ul-Fitr as the security forces allegedly refused to entertain curfew passes issued to mediapersons in the wake of escalation in violence.

Greater Kashmir, one of the leading Srinagar-based English dailies, in its online edition said the strict curfew and restrictions imposed by the government forced the local newspaper organisation and television networks to suspend their operations.

The government had also banned the broadcast of all local cable news channels in the Valley on Monday.

Condemning the "relentless media gag", the Kashmir Press Association (KPA) in a statement said, "The unprecedented unrest of past three-months has hit the media industry in Kashmir severely. Thrashing of reporters, tearing their curfew passes by men in uniform has become a norm out here".