The estate department today without notice or reason locked the office of Kashmir News Service at M-5/6, Govt. quarters Magarmal Bagh Srinagar.
At around 11 AM, officials of
Estate Department officials barged into the KNS office and directed the KNS staffers to pack up their belongings hurriedly and locked the office.
When KNS management approached authorities in this connection, they had nothing concrete to say.
“When we asked them for a written order of locking up the office. They failed to provide any written document and without naming anyone, they said they have been directed to lock up the office," KNS management said.
KNS management urges the authorities to explain on what grounds the office was locked-up without even serving a notice which goes against the law of the land.
Moreover KNS management clarifies that it has been following all the agreement norms of office space with the estate department.
KNS management strongly believes that LG Manoj Sinha will look into the matter and direct action against the officials who have tried to stop the media house from performing its duties.
LG Sinha has clearly in his media interaction clarified that he is a strong votary of press freedom. In that context, we expect him to seek a report from concerned officials for today's move against an oldest news agency of J&K which has always reported news with accuracy and facts.(KNS)
Tarigami condemns action
Srinagar, October 15 (KNS): While strongly condemning the action of Estates Department authorities to lock the office of Kashmir News Service (KNS) without any justification, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Thursday said that such acts have no justification and must be stopped.
In a statement issued here he said, KNS is a reputed news agency of Kashmir and has been over the years reporting the facts from the ground.
The Estates Department authorities have not provided any reasons for locking the office.
The KNC management has not been served any show-cause notice or allotment cancellation notice. Such action without any notice or justification is highly condemnable.
If the Estates Department has made allotments under the journalist category, why is it harassing the media persons now without any reason? Such tactics are an attempt to silence the media and ensure that nothing critical is written against the administration. This is open harassment.(KNS)
JK Editors Forum appeals authorities to unlock KNS
Srinagar, Oct 15: Jammu Kashmir Editors Forum has appealed to the government to allow smooth functioning of news agency KNS whose office was locked by the Estates Department without serving any notice on Thursday.
In a statement issued here, Spokesperson Jammu Kashmir Editors Forum said that a meeting was held in which the action on part of the Estates Department was vehemently condemned.
Government was appealed to allow KNS to function smoothly. The Forum sought intervention of LG Manoj Sinha in this regard.
The Forum threatened to hit roads in case the office of KNS is not unlocked and allowed to function smoothly.(KNS)