Media professionals up ante against DDK, threaten disruption of ops

Srinagar: Dozens of film, television, radio and theatre professionals  Wednesday started two-day sit-in protest here as well as in Jammu against Doordarshan Kendra for “withholding their payments and non-allotment” of work from last five years.

The professionals under the banner of JK Media Combine today held a sit-in outside Doordarshan Kendra here.

“Film/Television/Radio & Theatre professionals  from the state who have over the years  contributed enormously to safeguard  the performing art, visual culture and mass media of the state and worked day in and day out for the augmentation of the same,  have been suffering for want of work and proper recognition for years altogether now. The members of this community have been rendered inactive and jobless as the authorities at the helm of the affairs in the institutions, which previously engaged them, now turned a blind eye to their plight,” Malik Qaiser Mushtaq, the spokesman of the media body, said in a statement issued.

The spokesman alleged that the Doordasrhan has closed its doors to these professionals as no work has been allotted in last 5 years and due payments of these professionals worth millions has been withheld resulting in enormous sufferings to the community.

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