Take action against news channels creating ‘hysteria’ in JK: HC to Govt

Take action against news channels creating ‘hysteria’ in JK: HC to Govt

Srinagar, July 22: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state government to take action against news channels that have created “hysteria” about Kashmir and its people, and blamed the television media reportage for pushing the Valley’s IAS officer Shah Faesal “to the edge”.

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice N N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hasnain Attar on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the media coverage and observed that the “hysteria created by some national news channels” has created problems for the government.

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“The government needs to take some action against such news channels and regulate them,” the bench directed, adding that the media is not above law and needs to be made aware of it.

While hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the bench also took note of the article “Between the Studio and the Street”, written by Director School Education Kashmir Shah Faesal for an English daily The Indian Express on Wednesday.

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