Joint Forum of Newspaper Editors interacts with PCI team

BK Web Desk/Srinagar
July 22, 2017 STATE 101 Views

A large number of Editors of Joint Forum of Newspapers, led by its President G. H. Kaloo, called on the delegation of Press Council of India at Guest House Church Lane on Fridayand held detailed interactive session related to media with them.
The President gave a comprehensive presentation of the problems being confronted by majority of Publishers of newspapers,periodicals in J&K in general and Kashmir valley in particular for the last twenty seven years in the trouble-torn State.
The special emphasis was laid on the emerging situation after Floods of 2014 struck the valley .
“The main commercial hub and some media houses were smashed and damaged completely. While the Business Establishments were compensated by the government but publishing houses were totally ignored, thereby setting an example of sheer discrimination and injustice,” he told the PCI team.
He informed the PCI team that the valley again was gripped by turbulent situation in July, 2016 and all activities including the working in newspaper offices got affected quite adversely.
“It was followed by the announcement of Advertisement Policy-2016 which being harsh and self-contradictory and aiming at discouraging Newspaper Industry in a big way. The Information Department has also been discriminatory in the distribution of advertisements, by giving maximum to some and ignoring the majority of newspapers, thereby pushing the latter to the brink of closure.”
H informed them that the DAVP officials have also stopped advertisements to some approved newspapers for the reasons beyond comprehension.
The PCI Team was urged to take up the matter with the I& B Ministry to treat J&K at par with Northeast States and give all concessions to its Publishers .
He urged the PCI team to ask RNI to refrain from applying riders as applicable to other peaceful states of the country. “The Central and State governments need to know that Kashmir Valley sans Industrial-base an hence Publishing Houses with thousands of Skilled and un-skilled workers solely depend on government advertisement for their sustenance.”

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