New Delhi, Nov 04: Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to stop advertising in local newspapers allegedly publishing “anti-national articles”, a media report said today.
Home Ministry, according to Hindustan Times, has told the state government that some publications were publishing “highly radicalised content, glamorising militants and anti-national elements”.
The Centre has written to the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state to deal strictly with such newspapers, said the report.
In a letter dated October 18, 2017 and addressed to senior officials of the state government and the Jammu & Kashmir police, the home ministry says: “It is understood that some newspapers in J&K are publishing highly radicalised content. This is against the Constitution of India as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The letter further says, “…publishing of anti-national articles in the newspapers of the state should be strictly dealt with. Such newspapers should also not be given any patronage by way of advertisements by the state government. This may be circulated to all concerned for strict compliance.”
According to the report, the Home ministry officials declined comment.
The note, it said, was sent few days after the central government appointed former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative to start a dialogue in the state by engaging all political parties and stakeholders.(HT)