Media in Kashmir: Challenges, Opportunities Highlighted

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SRINAGAR: ‘Kashmir Vision’, a daily newspaper was re-launched here on Thursday at a simple but impressive function.

The function, held at the Institute of Public Management Administration (IPMA) Srinagar, was presided over by the President of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) and Chief Editor ‘Greater Kashmir’ Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo.

Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Speaking at the function, Prof Andrabi said that journalism should appeal to the minds and soul of a person. “Media should act as an agent of change,” he suggested adding “the newspapers should accommodate diverse opinions.”

Masood Hussain, Editor ‘Kashmir Life’ threw light on the various aspects of the media. He said that it is very difficult for a journalist to report a conflict and live though it at the same time.

Hussain dwelt in detail about the evolution of press in Kashmir from the pre-1989 period when government was the only source of news and reporters were dependent on it to a period when Kashmir journalists have made a mark globally thanks to their exposure to reporting conflict back home.

“Media is evolving and there are more challenges ahead as shift towards the digital medium,” he said.

Dr. Shujat Bhukari, senior journalist and editor in chief, Rising Kashmir while speaking on the occasion said that it is very unfortunate for the local media that it has to depend on the government advertisements for their survival.

He said that as the local media is focusing on the digital medium there is a still a lot of scope for the print media as well, he said.

In his welcome address Editor Kashmir Vision, Shafat Kira said that he believes in the “dynamic approach to the profession of journalism”.

“We are aware of the fact that media is changing and we ought to follow the trend,” he said.

Showkat Shafi, Deputy Director, Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance, DICA, University of Kashmir conducted the proceedings. 

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