Baramulla: A three member sub-committee of Press Council of India, which is on the week-long visit to the state to get first hand appraisal of the issues confronted by media in state, Wednesday visited Baramulla district to interact with the administration and journalists of northern Kashmir. The media persons from 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 also interacted with IG North Kashmir, Nitish Kumar, SSP Baramulla, Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, ADC Baramulla, N A Baba and various journalist associations of three northern Kashmir districts. The issues raised by media persons included demand for Press Club, need for accreditation, better wages, better facilities, accommodation 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, journalist.
Journalists Pir Sajad Hussain, Zargar Gulzar, Altaf Baba, Shahid Imran, Muneeb-ul-Haq, Syed Fayaz Bukhari, Abid Nabi, Suhail Khan, ,Mushtaq Ahmad wani, Asim Shah, Nisar Yatoo, B A Sagar, Syeed Mushtaq, Rahi Nissar, A G Mir apprised the Sub-Committee about various issues.
Journalists highlighted the need to contain yellow journalism, upholding of journalistic ethics, and regard for rights of media persons.
Sub-Committee comprising convener S N 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, Sinha remarked that the Sub-Committee would also make recommendations for their welfare including insurance cover, accreditation etc.