BWJA rejects patronage, support to yellow journalism
Demands stern action against blackmailers
Baramulla: Baramulla Working Journalist Association (BWJA) outrightly rejects any patronage or support to yellow journalism and demands harsh punishment to blackmailers who have been using social media to defame this noble profession, said a spokesperson of the Association.
In an extraordinary meeting presided over by Chairman BWJA Karamat Qayoom, BWJA members expressed concern over the growing misuse of social media by some pseudo-journalists. The BWJA has always discouraged such elements and had been supporting and encouraging genuine Journalists only.
The BWJA has extended support to professional and genuine working journalists from time to time and if they face any problems while discharging their professional duties, the BWJA stood shoulder to shoulder with them.
“BWJA believes in ethics of journalism. We will always support professional journalists and there is no space for those indulging in blackmailing, extortion and yellow journalism, be that individual or part of the association or outside it,” a resolution passed by the organisation stated.
The members while expressing concern over the growing incidents of blackmailing, besides misuse of social media solely for monitory gains, decided that only those journalists working with outlets heaving RNI registration will be allowed to operate in the district and will be accommodated in the BWJA which is the sole organisation working for the welfare of journalists.
During the meeting, it was also decided that elections of the association will be held very soon and the elected body of BJWA will be framed.
The members present in the meeting was Altaf Baba, Zargar Gulzar, Sajad Hussain, Anzar Mohju, Suhail Khan, Fayaz Bukhari, Shiekh Dawood, Majid Sheeri, Manzoor Sheeri, Irshad Bhat, Mudasir, Yaqoob Lala, Umer Rashid, Arshid Farooq and Inayat Qayoom.