J&K Media Guild slams Media Policy-2020, to hold sit-in at Srinagar on July 6

SRINAGAR, Jun 16 (Agencies): The Executive Council of the Jammu and Kashmir Media Guild, executive council Tuesday held an emergency meeting in Srinagar unanimously denouncing the J&K Government for what it termed the “unethical, immoral and undemocratic” media policy announced by the government recently.
The executive council, which met under the chairmanship of president Mir Ajaz Ahmad and was attended by Vice President, Bilal Bazaz, General Secretary Imtiyaz Ahmad Bazaz, Executive members Shahid Rashid, Khalid Qureshi , Reyaz Ahmad Reshi and members Mir Mushtaq Ahmad, Ruby Nisa Khan and others, deliberated on the media policy and other “draconian laws being used to intimidate the media fraternity in Kashmir”, a statement issued by the guild said.
Patron J&K Media Guild, Probodh Jamwal and Suhail Kazmi participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
The speakers on the occasion termed the “continuous arrogance from police and other government agencies against media as a virtual censorship to pursue its sinister designs”, the statement read.
The speakers, it said, referred to a recent press statement of D G Police, Dilbagh Singh wherein he “disgraced a section of media-men as scurrilous elements”.
“The speakers rejected the media policy, where the journalists will be forced to seek permission from the unscrupulous elements of the government before publishing any report, the guild said.
The guild said it would be “better to close all media houses than to serve sinister designs of a lobby of vested interests”.
General Secretary, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bazaz urged upon all the media organizations, publications, accredited journalists and photo journalists to unite at this “hour of grave crises being faced by one and all, which has a potential to uproot the foundations of journalism in Kashmir”.
Vice president, Bilal Bazaz challenged the government to implement the media policy and “be ready to face the consequences as entire fraternity will come out on streets to fight the draconianism tooth and nail”.
“We can’t compromise on the professional ethics to please an undemocratic and uncalled for order to intimidate us. We have worked in the toughest ever situations, where we were on the mouth of barrel everytime, but didn’t compromise, ” he added.
He said the journalist fraternity had sacrificed several of colleagues while discharging professional duty without compromising on the basic values of journalism.
President Ajaz Ahmad Mir said, whenever any media policy is prepared in any part of the country, the government has to take into confidence the members of the fraternity, “but this ill conceived policy might have been prepared by a group of sick people in the government, as the so called policy announced is a worst kind of slap of the democratic system of the country”. He added that the media men “can’t be intimidated by escalating the threat perception in the minds of journalists”.
Mir vowed to “frustrate these ill conceived designs of the government at any cost”. He urged upon all the media associations to come forward and fight the “onslaught” unitedly.
The Guild unanimously condemned the “anti media and undemocratic media policy” and also invited all the media organizations. Journalists, media associations for a day long sit-in at Lal Chowk on 6th of July at 11.00 AM.

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