Demanding immediate revocation of New Advertisement Policy, Jammu Kashmir Editors Association has said that it will take out a protest march from Press Enclave to Chief Minister’s residence on World Press Freedom Day falling on 3 May next month.
JKEA took this decision during a meeting that was presided by Association president Rasheed Rahi. The Association while terming the new advertisement policy a ‘conspiracy’ to target the owners of lesser or medium circulated newspapers said that the new policy will deprive hundreds of people including photo journalists, computer operators, designers from livelihood.
The Association demanded immediate roll back of the new advertisement policy and urged upon the government to issue advertisements under 2006 advertisement policy. “If the new advertisement policy is implemented, scores of publications will get closed and it will affect hundreds of people related to the profession.”
During the meeting all the editors and newspaper owners were asked to participate in the May 3 protest rally. The meeting was attended by various members of the Association including Rashid Rahil, Shahid Rashid, Feroz Ali, Nazir Makhdoomi, Farooq Wani, Muzafar Khan and Imtiyaz Bazaz.