SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has asked Press Council of India, India’s top media watchdog to help in correct and contextual portrayal of the happenings in J&K.
Interacting with the visiting team of Press Council of India which met her here on Friday, the Chief Minister said a section of India’s media has been indulging in debates, discussions and reportage about Jammu and Kashmir, and its people, most of which was far from reality. She said this section needs to be reminded that by resorting to this diatribe, they are not doing any service to India and were alienating further the people of the J&K.
Headed by S N Sinha, the Press Council of India (PCI) team comprised of C K Nayak, and Dr. Suman Gupta. The team has been on a weeklong tour of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti told the visiting delegation that need of the hour is to focus on commonalities, reconciliation and healing the wounds where media has a very critical role to play. She said positive reporting about Jammu and Kashmir and its people by the media outlets in India would not only create a soothing impact on the minds of people here, it would also help the people in different parts of India in understanding the Jammu & Kashmir and its people better.
The Chief Minister invited the Press Council of India to hold part of its golden jubilee celebrations here. She advised the visiting delegation to use their organisation in clearing misperceptions about the J&K in a section of the media, and consequently among the people.
Mehbooba Mufti informed the visiting delegation of many steps being taken by her government for the betterment and welfare of media fraternity in J&K. She said she has ordered the setting up of an Aiwann-e-Sahafat at Srinagar for which a building has already been identified. She also told the visiting delegation that her government is working on a welfare policy for journalists which would incorporate all their needs and problems.
The Chief Minister told the PCI delegation that the media fraternity in J&K has performed in very difficult and extreme situations in the past and its professional competence can be matched with the best in the country. “Many of them lost their lives but did not compromise on the professional integrity,” she said.
The chief minister said many developmental projects have been started by her government which on completion would change the social and economic profile of Jammu and Kashmir. Had the tempo of peace initiatives and development of 2002 been kept up after 2005, things would have been far better today, she regretted.
The visiting delegation assured the Chief Minister that the organisation would always be available for maintaining good government-media relations and sorting out all the outstanding issues in this regard.
Director, Information Department, Muneer ul Islam was also present on the occasion.