Srinagar, Mar 14: Jammu Kashmir Press Association decided not to meet Press Council of India team that arrived in Kashmir Valley on Saturday.
President, Jammu Kashmir Press Association Ghulam Hasan Kaloo in a statement to KNT said that the executive members of JKPA are conscious of the fact that the Press Council of India (PCI) is the self-regulatory watchdog of the Press that operates under the Press Council Act of 1978 and has been safeguarding interests of Journalists countrywide in a big way.
“But we regretfully bring to your kind notice that no delegation of the PCI visited Kashmir Valley when it was struck by an unprecedented tumultuous situation in 1989 and in the process some of our Journalists lost their precious lives and many others faced humiliation of the worst order.”
JKPA said that it was in June, 2012, after a gap of 22 years, that a PCI delegation chose to visit Kashmir Valley when situation had almost stabilized. Later the PCI delegations visited Kashmir Valley in July, 2017, October, 2017 and in July, 2018. The JKPA members interacted with them and presented Memoranda on all occasions, but no action was taken on our issues despite repeated assurances. This establishes beyond any shadow of doubt that our meetings yielded no positive dividends. It will not be an exaggeration if we say that all such meetings were exercises in futility. This is the reason that JKPA members decided not to meet the delegates presently on tour to Kashmir Valley.
“However, we place on record our deep appreciation for showing concern by Justice Katju, the former Chairman PCI, when Kashmir Valley was overtaken by a major Flood in 2014. We were invited by the PCI to New Delhi where a seminar was organized which was presided over by Late Jethmalani and attended by eminent personalities of India. No doubt, the PCI has been taking action on our communications from time to time regarding some cases of harassment caused to our Journalists on different occasions for which we are indebted to it.”