Kashmir Reader to hit the stands tomorrow

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/12/2016

The Kashmir daily which was served a ban order on October 2 this year by invoking section 144 CrPC, Section 3 of the Incitement of Offences Act and Section 10 of the Press and Publication Act, will finally resume publication tomorrow. The newspaper's ban over close to three months evoked little outrage from  the media in the rest of the country.  The Indian Express reported earlier this week that ban was valid for two months and has lapsed. The state government decided not to extend it.

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