SRINAGAR: To discuss the situation arising out of ‘fake reporting’ regarding ‘stone pelting’ incidents on tourist vehicles that appeared in an Indian daily on April 1, 2018 and its repercussions, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday held a detailed meeting here.
In an official statement issued here, the chamber appreciated that “while the sources quoted to the news-feed in today’s (Thursday’s) edition of the paper have denied the correspondent’s claim as concocted the government agencies i.e., the police and the divisional administration have already refuted the news report vehemently as false and vicious in content”.
The participants expressed apprehensions about the ‘cascading effect’ that the ‘irresponsible’, ‘unconfirmed’ and ‘patently wrong’ reporting by the correspondent of a leading newspaper could have on the social life and peace in the state and elsewhere in India, the statement read.
The chamber, according to the statement, “will rise to take measures which would make the government take immediate action against the irresponsible news reporters in letter and the spirit”, so that news correspondents were prevented from making such wrong reporting in future.
“Accordingly, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry would appeal the state government to take immediate penal action against the particular correspondent who has recently vitiated the atmosphere with wrong reporting and astonishingly is still engaged with the tirade not conducive to otherwise peaceful atmosphere of the valley,” the statement added.