SRINAGAR Members of Kashmir Journalist Association (KJA) on Wednesday formed a new body of its office bearers for a period of one year.
The five-member executive body of the association that was designated here unanimously includes Moazum Mohammad as its President, Mudassir Kuloo as General Secretary, Auqib Javeed as Treasurer, Shafat Farooq as Organizer and Manzoor-ul-Hassan as spokesman.
The main aim of the journalist body is to take up the issues faced by the journalists in the Valley. The association decided to take advice from Kashmir Editors Guild and senior journalists regarding any issue.
The association will also approach various stakeholders to uphold the constitutional and democratic values that govern the media in J&K.
The body will also approach media bodies like Press Council of India, Editors Guild of India, international journalist associations regularly to highlight the issues faced by the journalists in Kashmir. The body also decided to meet the authorities in order to start a systematic process of ensuring the safety of the working journalists.
It maintained that in Kashmir the coverage of various happenings and events make journalists vulnerable to various risks and apprehensions. So it is expected from the authorities to follow the set of procedures to ensure the safety of the professionals on the ground as press is an important pillar of democracy.