Not a welcome attitudinal change

The defence of both the government and the journalists over highly objectionable verbal duel between Editor of a newspaper and Joint Director Information Kashmir is questionable on all counts as both the senior officers of the Information department and the scribes are obliged to behave responsible. It is shocking that undefined attitude of the government on the distribution of advertisements among the newspapers has finally led to acrimony between a senior officer of the state administration and the Editor of a newspaper.

For almost last two years now, the government has been working on the implementation of the new advertisement policy but in the process medium and small scale newpapers have become the victims of unfair distribution of advertisements among the newspapers. It is unfortunate on the part of the government that its policy on unfair distribution of advertisements have brought journalists and the officers to the level of fighting and journalistic fraternity on its part too should ashamed of the alleged irresponsible act shown by the editor of a newspaper.

We should not forget that journalist is a bridge between the government and the people and any kind of acrimony in the relations between the journalists and the Information department has to be disallowed and condemned by one and all at all costs.

We must not forget that during last seventy years never and never any editor of newspaper was driven by situational compulsion created by the government to beg for advertisements at the offices of Information Department and instead even Chief Ministers of the state would often come to see editors including the likes of late Khwaja Sonaullah the founder editor of daily Aftab, late Sofi Gh Mohammad the founder editor of Srinagar times and late Ved Bhasin the founder editor of Kashmir Times to seek their views on working relationship between the journalists and the government. Shamelessly the editors of newspapers claiming to be the leaders of media associations are day in and day out knocking the doors of Chief Minister and her cabinet colleagues only to beg for advertisements.

The fault lies on both the government and editors of newspapers who despite meeting dozens of times have failed to reach a consensus on the distribution of advertisements. To boost the relations between the government and the people, both the authorities at the Information Department and the editors of newspapers need to put their heads together to evolve a consensus on the distribution of advertisement so that officers of the Information department and the editors don’t come to the level of fighting.

Boss (3)The defence of both the government and editor over the verbal duel between the two is not to by welcomed at all and instead some corrective measures need to be taken to cement the relation between the two.

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