Kashmir connected again

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/02/2013
At around 08:00PM, Feb 15, Internet services were resumed in Kashmir after being suspended on Feb 09, the day Afzal Guru was hanged. For the whole week, the valley had no online contact with the outside world except those who own the government run BSNL-broadband. Cable services were also cut on the day of Guru's hanging and later resumed but only without any news and information channels. The news channels were viewable only on DTH services like Tata Sky, and Dish TV.  A day later, the broadcast of national news channels on cable has also been resumed.
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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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