Baramulla, July 19: The three member Sub-Committee of Press Council of India, which is on the week long visit of the State to get first hand appraisal of the issues being confronted by media fraternity in State, today visited Baramulla district to interact with the administration and journalists of North Kashmir. The Media persons from other districts of North Kashmir including Bandipora and Kupwara also interacted with the PCI Sub-Committee members at Dak Banglow Baramulla.
The Sub-Committee accompanied by Deputy Director Information (PR), Farooq Ahmad Baba interacted with IG North Kashmir, Nitish Kumar, SSP Baramulla, Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, ADC Baramulla, N.A. Baba and various journalist associations of three north Kashmir districts. The issues raised by media persons included demand for Press Club, need for accreditation, better wages, better facilities, accomodation considering the volatile political atmosphere and compelling circumstances in which they have to function. “In the age of information technology, we have to face internet blockade day in and day out. This hinders the very functioning of media in Kashmir as delay in communication sometimes renders news useless”, said Qaramat Qayoom.
Among others, senior journalist Qaramat Qayoom, Pir Sajad Hussain, Zargar Gulzar, Altaf Baba, Shahid Imran, Muneeb-ul-Haq, Syed Fayaz Bukhari, Abid Nabi, Suhail Khan, Irshad Ahmad Bhat,Mushtaq Ahmad wani,Rahi Nissar. Other noted journalists of the North Kashmir also attended the interaction session, apprising the Sub-Committee about various issues.
Speaking on the occasion, President Baramulla Journalists Association, Gulzar Ahmad highlighted the need to contain yellow journalism, upholding of Jornalistic ethics, and regard for rights of media persons.
The Sub-Committee comprising Convener S.N. Sinha with its members C.K. Nayak and Dr. Suman Gupta convened series of meetings with journalists, Media Association and Official Media in Srinagar during last two days.
Dwelling in detail about the working of PCI, Mr. Sinha said that PCI works towards maintaining the safety of media persons keep in mind the particular social and political context. It was this concern, that PCI decided that Sub-Committee shall visit the valley to get first hand appraisal of the various issues being faced by the media.
Assuring for redressing their grievances, Mr. Sinha remarked that the Sub-Committee would also make recommendations for their welfare including insurance cover, accreditation etc.
2015 Kashmir Despatch