Treat journalists I-Cards as curfew passes: Zulfikar
SRINAGAR: The government on Tuesday issued an advisory to ensure that journalists’ identity cards should be treated as curfew passes during restrictions imposed by government forces.
Minister for information in J&K government, Zulfkar Ali, said the government would also look into the issue of internet shutdowns in J&K to allow journalists perform their professional duties without disruption.
A statement issued by government’s information department said that a three-member sub-committee of Press Council of India (PCI) led by S N Sinha held wide-ranging deliberations with the minister, following which the advisory was issued. The visiting sub-committee, which has C K Nayak and Dr Suman Gupta as its members, were also accompanied by Director Information Muneer-ul-Islam.
The sub-committee apprised the minister of the issues flagged by the media owners, editors and working journalists in their meetings with the panel over the past two days. PCI sought the minister’s intervention to initiate welfare measures for the journalists of J&K, including the institution of welfare schemes, health insurance cover and pension. The members also gave some suggestions regarding the accreditation of journalists.
Zulfikar Ali sought PCI’s intervention in countering the negative and vicious propaganda unleashed by various TV news channels against J&K and projecting it in a positive light. He added that the negative coverage of the J&K adversely hits the tourism industry, and in turn dents its economy, said the official statement.
Meanwhile, The Sub-Committee of the Press Council of India (PCI), comprising SN Sinha, Convenor, CK Nayak, and Dr Suman Gupta called on Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here.
The PCI members, who are on a weeklong visit in J&K, discussed with the Governor issues relating to the role of the print media and certain matters relating to the functioning of the newspapers being published in J&K.