Unannounced curbs on media in Jammu

August 2nd, 2008 - 2:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 2 (IANS) “Sorry! Press is not allowed,” that is the curt answer to the pleas of journalists who want to move in Jammu city to cover the ongoing riots over the Amarnath land row. Any other person with an identity card or a curfew pass is signaled to move on. But reporters are told: “Hurry up, turn or you will face the consequences.”

A group of reporters and cameramen trying to enter the walled city were stopped at Bikram Chowk Saturday and told to “go back”.

“These are the orders from the higher authorities, we cannot do anything,” a police official on duty at the spot told the scribes.

Journalists at many places like Rehari, Shakti Nagar, Parade, Pacca Danga and Link Road areas were not allowed to step out of their houses.

There was no official word as to why the curbs were imposed on media.

No official was available for comments and the phone calls went unanswered.

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