Kashmir editor seeks urgent SC hearing to remove restrictions on media in J&K
A Supreme Court bench on Tuesday asked Anuradha Bhasin, Editor of Kashmir Times, to hand over a memo to the apex court registrar for urgent listing of her plea seeking removal of restrictions on the media in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhasin's advocate, Vrinda Grover sought directions to ensure that state administration creates an enabling environment for journalists and other media personnel in the state to practice their profession amid the unprecedented lockdown in the state.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra told advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for Bhasin, "you hand over the memo to the registrar and he will look into it".
Grover told the bench that Bhasin is an editor of a leading daily in Kashmir and there has been a complete lockdown in the Valley due to which journalists are unable to work.
To this, the bench said, "We will see".
The petitioner had sought directions for restoration of all modes of communication, including mobile Internet and landline services throughout the state in order to provide an enabling environment for the media to practise its profession.
In the petition, Bhasin said she is seeking a direction for the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to immediately relax all restrictions on freedom of movement of journalists and media personnel in Kashmir and some districts of Jammu.