BARAMULLA: A dedicated team of journalists from Baramulla Working Journalists Association BWJA led by renowned Journalist and Parton BWJA Karamat Qayoom flanked by President Behalf Zârgàr Gulzar, Vice President Anzhar Mohju met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday. The delegation include senior Journalists, editor Kashmir Crown, Photo Chief and Video Journalist Abid Nabi and Video Journalist Aajtak/DDK Sheikh Dawood. The delegation apprised CM about problems and issues confronted to rural media besides demanded a press club. Chief minister agreed to in case of internet gag the information offices will be fully upgraded so that journalist will not suffer.
CM agreed that benefits of insurance and pension will be extended to rural working journalists.
She will look into it .
It is for the first time when CM was briefed by rural journalist fraternity regarding the hardships faced by media persons in rural areas.
The Chief Minister,
J and K State.
Ever since you have taken over the Information department a hope has crept in the minds of majority of media houses across the Kashmir valley, especially Baramulla Working Journalists Association (BWJA). The media professionals are facing numerous problems in their day to day working. We at BWJA feel that injustice is being meted out to us. It is the proper time to eradicate the injustice which is being done with our association.
The department of information is presently in the hands of a great leader who has the courage, determination and sincerity to end this era of inhuman and unjust treatment meted to the media fraternity which is considered as fourth estate of the democracy. Madam, we would like you to pay attention to some of the concerns raised by us:
1) There is always an internet gag, due to which the media persons associated with different Medias including print/electronic/web cannot disseminate their news reports in time.
2) There is a dire need to create a post of Joint Director Information for the North Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara who could look after the problems of journalists.
3) This is important in order to check the yellow journalism which has uprooted the noble cause from our society.
4) There is no safety and security of working journalists who are being harassed by various security agencies/unruly mobs/political workers/influential businessmen on different pretexts, be it a protest, stone pelting, press conferences, encounters and so on.
5) There is no press club in Baramulla for journalists where from they can discharge their professional duties. Due to this fact journalists have to access the government offices, while as matter of the fact is that, newsmen from Jammu and Srinagar divisions have their own press offices.
6) Rural journalists are always ignored as there is no member of BWJA in Media Advisory Board who can put forth their views and suggestions with regard to formulating the new policies for journalists.
7) No journalist of BWJA has been issued any identity card from the information department. Various journalists who are working for leading newspapers/ channels from north Kashmir have not been given accreditation cards despite their existing qualifications and experiences.
8) Various journalists working at district headquarters have no facility of residential cum official accommodations. The concerned departments have allotted various government buildings to non-deserving persons and media persons have not been accommodated in them.
9) Insurance policy should be made possible for working journalists, so that their families will not face starvation’s as these journalists take risk on their lives while covering their professional stories.
Madam, we are hopeful that you will resolve the issues confronting the media fraternity of Kashmir especially of journalists working under the ambit of BWJA.
2015 Kashmir Despatch