Srinagar, Apr 28: The Executive Members of Jammu Kashmir Press Association (JKPA) held an emergency meeting Friday to deliberate upon the prevailing scenario in J&K in general and Kashmir Valley in particular. It was felt that the majority of Media Houses have remained face to face with umpteen hardships on various fronts, particularly due to the Hostile Attitude of the Information Department and as such atmosphere is not congenial for celebrations whatsoever.
It is worth mentioning that the Journalists are the most vulnerable Class of Society and thus have remained under attack all along and many Scribes in our State lost their precious lives while others have been facing humiliation of the worst order in the discharge of their professional obligations. It was in this backdrop that the JKPA has been celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 3rdMay every year to express solidarity with the Journalists worldwide. The celebration of the Day is meant to apprise the world community about the plight of Puplishing Houses and to remind the governments about their commitment to ensure safety and security of the Media Fraternity.
Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that the Information Department was created by the government to disseminate information about its policies and programmes to the Public through the medium of newspapers but it has failed to perform its obligations. It has chosen to widen the gap between the two and seems to be bent upon to muzzle the Press and deprive thousands of Skilled and Unskilled youth working in Media Houses of their bread and butter. On the one hand the government is confronted with Unemployment Problem but on the other the Information Department seems to be determined to compound the same. (KNS)