Journos protest against 100 days of internet blackout
Srinagar, Nov 12:
Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued
suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the
abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir
Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet
services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre
revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two
demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons
to discharge their professional duties.
“We took out
the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now.
Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties
and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari
told reporters after the protest.
August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as
authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were
later gradually eased out.
services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days
after they were snapped. However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet
services continue to remain suspended since August 5.
has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel
here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media
persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for
hours for their turn.