Srinagar, October 15: 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.
The 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.