Pandey Warns Action Against Plagiarist, Irregular Newspapers

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Srinagar: In a stern warning to the newspapers practicing plagiarism and publishing irregularly with suspension and de-empanelment, the Director Information and Public Relations, Rahul Pandey said on Monday that those newspapers need to be encouraged which run on professional lines and maintain the desired standards.

Chairing a meeting here with the officers of divisional office at Directorate of Information & Public Relations Srinagar, Pandey emphasized that department needs to encourage healthy journalism and ensure that publications adhere to basic standards of printing and original content, an official spokesperson quoted him as saying.

The meeting, he said, also discussed improvement of online advertisement distribution portal, empanelment of newspapers, filling up of vacant posts, and media coverage of major events.

“The meeting reviewed the administrative issues of the department besides discussing various aspects relating to the guidelines laid down in the Media Policy and its adherence by the newspapers and other publications,” he added.

While discussing the issue of implementation of Media Policy, the Director, as per the official spokesperson said that those newspapers need to be encouraged which run on professional lines and maintain the desired standards.

“He said plagiarism and irregularity needs to be checked and added that the newspapers practicing this will have to face action under the relevant provisions of media policy which may entail suspension and de-empanelment,” he warned.

He further said that the Director issued appropriate instructions to the officers for making the functioning of the department more vibrant.

“Urging upon officers to work in a coordinated manner, the Director asked them to ensure that adequate coverage is given to programmes and initiatives of the Government. He said that effective promotional campaigns need to be carried out to promote major events taking place in Jammu & Kashmir during the current tourist season,” the official spokesperson added.

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