Journalists, editors protest net restrictions

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Media crackdown:

Srinagar—Dozens of journalists, editors, photo video journalists on Saturday staged a sit-in at Press Enclave in Srinagar to protest against the frequent suspension of Internet services.
Masood Hussain, Editor, Kashmir Life magazine said: “We are staging the sit-in to protest the withdrawal of Internet services for the last five days which has hindered the activities of media operations in Kashmir.”
He said that the protest was held to express serious concern over the frequent withdrawal of this service for the media in the last 72 days. “It is the second such instance that we don’t have bandwidth available to communicate what we intend to report, what is happening around,” he said.
He said the protest is aimed at sending a message to the governance structure that they should restore the bandwidth availability to media corps in Srinagar, adding there has to be a permanent policy that this service isn’t withdrawn every time somebody sees it important.
Broadband services were snapped on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha across Kashmir valley and were yet to be restored. Mobile phones services have also been suspended across all private telecom networks.—RK