Real News Agency
Already under reigns of turmoil and anarchy Jammu and
Kashmir has entered in new phase of discomfort. Favoritism and nepotism in
government offices has attained limits beyond imaginations on one hand and at
the other curbs upon media’s bold reporting has become order of the day. Not
only has this but dictatorship upon the media, by certain element in power, has
stopped advertisements (back bone of news papers in state due to unrest) unlawfully.
“Vindictive attitude of government, advertisements have been
stopped by Information Department for paper, on the recommendation of Political
Advisor to CM. Since the paper highlights
continuous discrimination with Jammu region beside tries to highlight voice of
Jammu on various fronts, which seems unpalatable to government of the day. Information
Department instead wants to highlight the government news only, particularly the
photographs of Chief Minister” Editor daily early Times said.
“As management has not succumbed to pressure tactics and
whims of government, paper has been deprived of advertisements resulting in
huge revenue loss to newspaper. Management in compulsion has increased price of
newspaper by 50 Paise” editor added. He further said that on the demand of people
it has become compulsory for management to continue publications as the paper
has become voice of majority of the people in state, particularly in Jammu and
Similarly, several new papers publishing on daily basis are
being denied advertisements on the grounds of publishing without fear and favor.
Sometimes even oldest and largest circulated news papers of national and
international repute are being victimized by stopping advertisements to their
publications. One paper in existence for the last ten years is not even
enlisted for the same due to unknown reasons, a journalist informed on the
conditions of anonymity.
Meanwhile, government has ordered that all the departments
and government run organizations would have to advertise through Information
Department and funds lying with various departments had been freeze henceforth.
All these funds would be diverted to Information Department for utilization. It
is simple indication that the news publishing housing which do not abide by the
anarchy of department would not be entitled for advertisements.
Journalism simply had become a tradable commodity in the
state and those who pursue it a cause are simply putting their lives in
trouble. Speaking truth is injurious here that is why ministers, bureaucrats,
journalists and every persons who believes in truth and fairness is supposed to
become subject of pain and losses.