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CM interacts with local publishers to resume publications


Srinagar, July 20: Describing free and vibrant media an essential pillar of democracy, Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today urged the Fourth Estate to play a responsive and proactive role in tiding over the enormous challenges facing and and its people. The Chief Minister said this while interacting with the editors of the local dailies here this afternoon to discuss resumption of publications and other issues confronting the local media in view of the prevailing law and order situation.

Minister for and the State Government Spokesman, Mr Naeem Akhtar, Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Director Information, Mr Zubair Ahmad and Media Consultant to J&K Govt, Syed Suhail Bukhari were present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister said the State Government is committed to independence of media at all costs and complaints of highhandedness against the press, if any, amid prevailing situation will be looked into.

“Though there has been no deliberate attempt on part of the government to impose any restrictions on the publication of newspapers, however, whatever has happened, because of some communication gap, is regrettable,” the Chief Minister said, adding it will be looked into.

She said media's credibility is its biggest asset and it should try to maintain the same at all costs, especially amid difficult situations like the one Kashmir is presently embroiled in.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar reiterated that he had last week told some media-persons that the Government may be forced to impose strict curfew in Kashmir in view of the prevailing law and order situation and it may result in restricting the movement of all sections of the people including journalists and the staff associated with newspapers.

The editors' delegation included Mr Rashid Makhdoomi (Greater Kashmir), Mr Bashir Manzar (Kashmir Images), Bashir Ahmad Bashir (Srinagar Times), Mr Zahoor Hashmi (Aftab), Mr Manzoor Anjum (Uqaab), Mohammad Hayat Bhat (Kashmir Reader), Raja Mohi-ud-Din (Tameel-e-Irshad), Mr Masood Hussain (Kashmir Life), Shah Abbas (Rising Kashmir), Zahoor Malik (Kashmir Times), Mohammad Afaq Bhat (Alsafa/Precious Kashmir), Irfan Malik (Kashmir Monitor), Imtiyaz Bhat (Aftab) and Imdad Saqi.

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