In the world of today, media has become as necessary as food and clothing. It has played significant role in strengthening the various societies. Media is considered as “mirror” of the modern society, infect, it is the media which shapes our lives. But in this part of the world (Kashmir) the media has become a mere tool for some people, who use it for their personal advantage.
The purpose of the media journalists is to inform people in a fair manner based on facts, so that they can reflect the real aspirations of the society but when this trade comes in the hands of greedy business men, it definitely is going to run in losses. The media claimed to be governed by righteousness and equity, but greed and self-aggrandizement of some unqualified people has poisoned its virtues in North Kashmir.
Due to some Nonprofessional media persons in north Kashmir especially in Sopore & Baramulla towns the respect and dignity of print as well as electronic media has been defamed. The people who are having minimum or no qualification in this field are hired by some media organization, which is a serious concern and need to be looked after. In North Kashmir there are some people who claim them to be scribes but according to some sources they are just having a qualification of 10th pass or may be not even that.
This yellow journalism which is running in different parts of North Kashmir especially in Sopore town has given local masses and people in local administration a chance to raise their fingers against the third pillar (Media) of our nation. One of the sad secrets of the North Kashmir media industry is that too many reporters are hired without having the proper qualifications to cover the news.
In my opinion, the quality of news suffers when important assignments or field work go to people who, quite frankly, do not have the educational and professional backgrounds that would make them qualified for these jobs. This may explain why the texture of North Kashmir news is far less mature today – both in terms of style and substance. After all, who wants to read badly-written reports or articles by reporters that may or may not know what they are doing?
Why would a media company hire someone as a reporter and/or a photographer who cannot do the job? There are several reasons behind this, with money being the top cause. After all, it is cheaper to hire someone with little or no qualification and hope that he or she will be able to grasp the intricacies of their assignments rather than to spend more money on qualified person, who can ask for more money than the first one. The second important reason can be that these unqualified who claims to be scribes are being used by multi different agencies for their personal motive, as everyone in Kashmir are well aware living in such a conflict zone that how the things work (Dirty Work).
While with a casual conversation with a local trader of North Kashmir, Ghulam Mohammad, when asked about how are the media persons in this part of Kashmir, the response was strange and funny they are mostly Gazri journalist (Carrot journalist) which do not know anything about it and are claiming to be scribes but do they are even having a 10th pass certificate, I am sure they are not. How come then they have become journalist? Hanging camera on shoulders and roaming in the streets doesn’t mean that they can be called journalists.
As everyone in North Kashmir has only one question to ask that why does the media keep hiring unqualified reporters. The answer still lies missing in this sorry state of Kashmir.
2015 Kashmir Despatch