Authorities ban journalists to enter hospitals in IOK

Srinagar, September 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities have imposed a ban on journalists’ entry to hospitals in the name of patient care.

The administration of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar issued an order banning entry of journalists in all associated hospitals. The order said that the presence of journalists in hospitals was detrimental to patient care.

Professor Samia Rashid, Principal and Dean, Government Medical College Srinagar in a written order said, “… it is impressed upon all Medical Superintendents of Associated Hospital that they should not allow any journalist to enter the wards …”

It is said that the decision has been taken in the wake of an altercation between a female journalist and a surgeon at SMHS Hospital.

The order further reads: “It has come to the notice of undersigned that press reporters of various news agencies are frequently visiting hospitals and unwarrantedly entering wards/sections without seeking proper permission. The undue interference of media personnel is detrimental to the outcome of patient care.”

“Any press briefings that are desirable for mass awareness of the public will be conveyed by the concerned Medical Superintendents at appropriate time,” the order concludes.

However, journalists said the actual motive behind the move was to hide the brutalities of Indian forces from the rest of the world.

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