Govt Mulls Action against Media over J&K Reports

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NEW DELHI – The government is contemplating legal action against media outlets for reporting “fabricated” and “baseless” news relating to developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that legal notices could be served to media outlets if they are prima facie found projecting “fabricated and provocative” stories, leading to disturbance in the law and order situation in the sensitive Valley region of Jammu and Kashmir, reported IANS.

Quoting foreign news agencies, a few local media outlets including a prominent English news website, have reported that Valley has been witness to a large scale protest and violence on Friday.

The media outlets, quoting a foreign TV news channel have said that police resorted to pellet gun attacks, injuring several local residents in Srinagar. However, Jammu and Kashmir Police denied any such attacks or firing by the security forces.

Earlier, prominent Pakistan news daily Dawn reported that over 10,000 people have gathered in Srinagar staging a protest over revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Home Affairs then claimed that “news report originally published in Reuters and appeared in Dawn claims that there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar. This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been stray protest in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people”.

Such news also appeared in social media which eventually showed unrest in some pockets in Jammu and Kashmir where communication was partially restored for sometime.

Later, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani, appealed to the media to desist from publishing news based on wrong facts and urged them to act responsibly. The IGP also told the media that law and order situation was largely peaceful in the valley for the past one week.

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