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BWJA delegation calls on DC Baramulla

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Baramulla: A delegation of the Baramulla Working Journalists Association (BWJA) on Tuesday called on Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, at her office.

The delegation demanded the establishment of a press club in the district besides appraising her about other issues of working journalists in Baramulla.

The delegation of the executive body of BWJA representing different print and electronic media organizations was led by its Chairman and senior-most journalists Haji Karamat Qayoom, President BWJA Zargar Gulzar and other senior journalists who sought cooperation and support from DC Baramulla in upholding the dignity and sanctity of noble profession journalism and fourth estate as there is an onslaught of social media being handled unethically.

While welcoming Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Chairman Haji Karamat Qayoom reiterated the long pending demand of the establishment of a press club which is the panacea to all the issues pertaining to the media fraternity as land for the same was already identified by the administration in Karipa Park.

“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 besides people with criminal records posing as journalists should be isolated and identified,” the journalists told DC Baramulla.

While giving a patient hearing, DC Baramulla Dr Sehrish assured the journalists’ body that all their genuine demands would be met and concerns will definitely be looked into.

While appreciating the role of the media fraternity in highlighting public issues, she urged the media fraternity to reach out to the public and ensure that their issues are brought to the notice of the administration for redressal.

“Media is a significant fourth pillar of democracy and holds an important role in the delivery of transparent and accountable governance to the people. All the demands put forth have been taken into consideration and will be seriously looked into so that the issues will be resolved in a time-bound manner,” she assured the media persons.

Those who participated in the meeting included DIO Baramulla Jehangir Akhoon, Advisor BWJA Altaf Baba, Vice President BWJA Sajad Hussain Pir, General Secretary BWJA Anzar Mohju, President Pattan Media Association – Rahi Nissar and Mohammad Lateef-KNS, Majeed Sheeri of KPS/Tameel Irshad, Abid Nabi Daily Excelsior, Reyaz Rashid- Kashmir Images, Umar Rashid-ANN, Mudasir Ahmad Network 18 Hindi, Nisar Malik IANS/KR, Iqbal Amin Greater Now, Iqbal Bhat Akas Parwaz, Syed Mudasir-Tv9 and Manzoor Sheeri Kashmir News Post, City.

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