Kashmir Reader
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TypeDaily Newspaper
Owner(s)Haji Hayat Mohammad
Founder(s)Haji Hayat Mohammad
News editorBilal Bhat
FoundedMay 15, 2012
HeadquartersSrinagar, J&K, India

Kashmir Reader is an English-language daily newspaper published from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, and is owned by the Helpline Group. It was launched in May 2012[1] with the motto of "Nothing But News".

Kashmir Reader[2] has published articles by well-known Kashmiri writers and journalists, including Gautam Navlakha, Hilal Ahmad Mir, Abdul Mohamin, Yasir Ashraf, Moazum Mohammad Bhat, Bilal Bhat.

Newspaper ban

Kashmir Reader was indefinitely banned for being ‘critical of India’[3] by Indian authorities on September 30 during 2016 Kashmir uprising.[4] It was asked to stop publication on the evening of Sunday, October 2.[5] The daily was accused of publishing material that "tends to incite acts of violence" and “disturb public peace and tranquility”.[6] Human rights group Amnesty International said the ban was a "setback to free speech" and called on authorities to revoke the order.[7] The "order does not specifically mention any news items in Kashmir Reader that incited violence," said Aakar Patel, executive director, Amnesty International India.[8] On 28 December, the newspaper resumed publication after the government lifted the ban after nearly three months.[9]


  1. ^ "About Us". Kashmir Reader. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  2. ^ "Till 'Azadi' comes". The Indian Express. 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ "Kashmiri newspaper banned for being 'critical of India'". Pakistan Today. October 5, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Kashmir newspaper banned to prevent anti-India violence". Fox News. October 4, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ Hilal, Mir (October 5, 2016). "Kashmir: By banning our newspaper, government is only looking for scapegoats". The Indian Express. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Kashmir newspaper banned for 'inciting violence'". Al Jazeera English. October 3, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Closure Of Kashmir Newspaper A Setback To Free Speech". Amnesty International. October 4, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Gov't bans Kashmir newspaper, fearing anti-India violence". Associated Press. October 4, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Kashmir Reader: Newspaper printing again after ban lifted". BBC News. December 28, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.