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Dr Farooq asks newly constituted media wings to fight fake narratives with facts

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah today presided over an introductory meeting of the newly constituted wings of the party’s Media, Social Media, and panelists.

Party Vice President Omar Abdullah joined the meeting virtually and also addressed the participants. 

General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Treasurer Shammi Oberoi, Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, Senior Leaders Muhammad Shafi Uri, Sakina Itoo, Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi and party leaders, media and social media office bearers were present. conferencing. 

Media panelists from Jammu Province including Provincial President Jammu Rattan Lal Gupta, senior leaders Sajjad Kitchloo, and Javed Rana, party leaders, and officials from the media wing participated in the meeting through video conferencing and presented their views. The meeting was coordinated by the party’s Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq.

Exhorting the newly constituted media, SM teams, Dr Farooq said that public opinion is the currency of democracy, and Social media platforms across the world are increasingly becoming the primary ground for public discourse and mobilization of public opinion. 

“There is no substitute for direct contact with the people, but keeping in view the requirements of the modern era, we cannot underestimate the usefulness of new media and social media platforms in engaging with geographically scattered and diverse audiences. These mediums can be utilized to keep people better informed about the golden past of our party and the historical and revolutionary initiatives taken by our leadership from time to time. Bringing awareness among the masses has never been so easy as it is increasingly becoming in contemporary times with the dawn of social media,” said Dr Farooq.

“New media have wide-ranging implications for political parties, it has radically altered the ways in which political parties operated and political leaders communicated. It’s high time that we also make better use of these platforms to set an agenda and propagate the party ideology and viewpoint,” he said.

On this occasion, the participants presented their opinions regarding the media, social media, and the requirements of the modern era and also offered useful suggestions.

Dr Farooq said that media and social media wings have a responsibility to fight the misinformation with facts and guide the people, particularly the youth about the party’s historical role in salvaging the people of J&K from the strife of slavery, and feudalism.

He said that in the present era, social media is very important due to its widespread use in the modern era and has emerged as the strongest platform. “We have to guide our youth about the strides made by the party through its Naya Kashmir Manifesto. In the current era, when people’s woes aren’t heard, we can use the platforms to highlight the issues of public concern,” he said.

Dr Farooq Abdullah said that the National Conference is engaged in the struggle to restore the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and effective use of social media can make a proactive contribution in reaching out to the right-thinking people across the country.

Party Vice President Omar Abdullah felicitated the newly formed media and social media wing officials as well as party panelists. He exhorted the functionaries to work in tandem with a sense of commitment and belongingness towards the party.

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