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 Didn’t back communication blockade in Valley: Press Council
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Didn’t back communication blockade in Valley: Press Council

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New Delhi, Aug 28: Press Council of India on Wednesday refuted the comments made by noted journalist N Ram that the council was supporting the communication curbs in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a letter to Ram, council chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, referring to a news report published in an English daily on August 28 that had a heading 'PCI backing J and K curbs undemocratic: N Ram’, said that in his intervention application in the Supreme Court, he had not supported the communication blockade.

‘’From a plain reading of the intervention application filed by the council in the Supreme court, it is evident that I have not supported the communication blockade.

"I will advise you to read the intervention application which is available on the website and point out a single sentence or a single word where I have “supported the communication blockade in the valley. I challenge, you will not find anything like that,’’Justice Prasad said in his letter.

He said the very premise of the news report was falsehood.

‘’According to the news report , you have allegedly stated that it was shocking that the PCI-that is supposed to protect the freedom of the press, independence of the press, freedom of journalists- had taken a position supporting the communication blockade in the Valley.

"The very premise on which you have build this superstructure, mildly speaking, is a blatant lie. I am sure you have not read the ‘intervention application, filed by the council before the Supreme Court but greatly swayed by distorted media reports,’’ Justice Prasad said. (UNI)