Kashmiri newspapers Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader suddenly stopped receiving advertisements from the state government of Jammu and Kashmir last February when Satyapal Malik was the Governor. No formal order was issued. The state’s Information Department, it turned out, was verbally told by a senior administrative functionary to withhold ads. This came as a crippling blow to the newspapers already reeling from a denial of federal government ads. More so, in the case of Greater Kashmir, one of the region’s largest newspapers, which has not received any ad from the Indian government in the past decade.
Riyaz Wani is an independent journalist with StoriesAsia, a collective of freelance journalists in South and Southeast Asia.