New Delhi, Aug 10: The Editors Guild of India on Saturday expressed its concern over the continued shutdown in communication links with the Kashmir Valley, and said the lockdown is draconian for the vibrant local media. 'The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned over the continued shutdown in communication links with the Kashmir Valley and the consequent curtailment of the media’s freedom and ability to report fairly and accurately on current developments.
While some visiting journalists may be able to file their reports once they are out of the Valley, the lockdown is almost total and draconian for the vibrant local media that are the first eyes and ears on the ground,' the Guild said in a statement. 'The Government knows very well that it is impossible to process and publish news now without the internet. It owes it to the people of India, including all in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, to allow the press, a vital institution of democracy, to function freely,' it said.
'In a situation such as that prevailing in Jammu & Kashmir at present, the role of free media, unhindered by such restrictions, becomes critically important in helping dissemination of news and in its democratic duty of keeping a watch on institutions of government and security,' it said. The guild urged the government to take immediate steps to restore normalcy for the media's communication links.UNI