SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Thursday held a meeting, featuring important issues including setting up of Press Club in Kashmir. The meeting was presided over by Tahir Mohi-u-Din, the president of the Guild.
Expressing serious concern over the absence of Press Club in Kashmir, the meeting reminded the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of his commitment on setting up of Press Club in Kashmir.
While referring to a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister by the Guild in September this year, the meeting observed that though successive governments in the state promised to establish Press Club in Kashmir but unfortunately no government so far has taken any concrete measures in this regard.
Kashmir is probably the only place in entire Sub Continent where there is no Press Club, the meeting highlighted.
Earlier the members of the guild registered their concern that there is no specific place for the journalists to assemble, discuss their problems and take remedial measures. They said that most of the visiting foreign journalists are surprised to know that there is no Press Club in Kashmir.
The meeting urged the chief minister to address the issues confronting the print media industry in the state.
Besides the Press Club, various other issues including the problems confronting the media fraternity in Kashmir surfaced in the meeting and a serious concern was expressed by the members against the governments cold shoulder response towards their problems.
Issues of print and publishing industry also cropped up at the meeting. Some members expressed displeasure at the minimal budgetary allocations for the approved newspapers in Kashmir. Others pointed out that it was unlikely that the government would sort out the major issues confronting the print media in its final year in office.
At the end, the members who attended the meeting, pledged to make the Guild more vibrant in its activities. On this occasion, four new members joined the Guild. (KNS)
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