Srinagar: Sajjad Haider, Editor-in-Chief Kashmir Observer on Saturday announced his decision to resign from the post of President Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG).
Haider, while announcing his decision on his twitter handle said he has forwarded his resignation letter to KEG Secretary General.
Haider was elected President of KEG in September last year taking over from Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo, Editor-in-Chief Greater Kashmir, whose term had ended earlier.
“In the plagued fall of 2020, I was handed over the mantle of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG). Playing a headman of news veterans was a feather in my cap. But at the same time, the crown came with its own heavy responsibilities”, Haider wrote on his twitter handle.
In the plagued fall of 2020, I was handed over the mantle of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG). Playing a headman of news veterans was a feather in my cap. But at the same time, the crown came with its own heavy responsibilities.
— Sajjad Haider (@sajjadhaider110) May 22, 2021
One of the immediate undertakings, according to Sajjad Haider, was to “reactivate the guild and safeguard the faith in Kashmir Journalism – always subjected to scrutiny and slurs”.
“I often sat with the like minded and tried to do the best for the profession in the challenging circumstances. The role eventually became a learning stint in my three-decade-long career”, he wrote.
“Right from my rookie days during tumultuous nineties, to the editorship of 25-year-old Kashmir Observer, I have stayed true to the core principles of Journalism and zealously safeguarded my professional integrity. I have never sought concessions from anyone, least of all from the government”, he added.
“But now since some members have high expectations from the KEG which under given circumstances I am unable to meet, I have decided to happily pass the baton to a better person”, Haider wrote.
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