COVID-19: Newspaper in Kashmir sends free masks to readers with edition

Updated: 25 July, 2020 09:51 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The newspaper, being one of the oldest in Kashmir and sold for Rs 2, distributed the masks in plastic pouches that were stuck on the first page

Picture/Omar Abdullah-Twitter
Picture/Omar Abdullah-Twitter

With the COVID-19 cases surging across the world, a newspaper in Kashmir took it upon itself to distribute free disposable masks with its editions to its readers. Roshni, an Urdu newspaper has received words of appreciation by political leaders and netizens for their action that also explained the importance of wearing masks at the time of the pandemic.

The newspaper, being one of the oldest in Kashmir and sold for Rs 2, distributed the masks in plastic pouches that were stuck on the first page, while text printed near it advised readers to wear them as they are essential at the time of the pandemic. The text reads, “Mask ka istemaal zaroori hai” (Using a mask is necessary).

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zahoor Ahmed Shora was quoted as saying by the Free Press Kashmir that he got the idea to carry out such an initiative as they had seen many people moving around without masks and not taking the threat of the pandemic seriously. Shora also said that he has hired more people to ensure that masks are packed and sent with the newspaper’s edition on Tuesday.

The pictures of the first page of the Roshni newspaper with the mask is been shared on social media, with netizens praising the newspaper’s effort of 'taking social responsibility to the next level'. Many netizens also pointed out the fact that the newspaper costs less than the price of a disposable mask.

Among the netizens praising the newspaper was former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, who tweeted, “It drives home the message about mask usage & also takes away the excuse about a mask not being readily available.”

Here’s how Twitterati reacted

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First Published: 25 July, 2020 08:00 IST

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