Calls for counteracting misinformation campaign launched by TV channels about JK
New Delhi, July 14: Urging the officers of Kashmir Bureau of Information (KBI), New Delhi to redouble their efforts for better coordination with media in the national capital, Minister of Information, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, today said there is an urgent need to counteract the negative discourse unleashed by some national news channels regarding J&K.
The Minister made these remarks while chairing a review meeting of KBI in the national capital. The meeting was also attended by M.H. Malik, Secretary to Government, Information Department, Yasha Mudgal, Additional Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, Muneer-ul-Islam, Director Information, Veedushi Kapoor, Deputy Director Information, KBI, New Delhi among others.
Zulfkar said KBI must redouble its efforts for better coordination with the national media and opinion makers like columnists, writers and TV panelists. He asked the Deputy Director KBI New Delhi to come up with a detailed action plan in this regard at the earliest.
“There is an urgent need of strengthening of KBI, New Delhi in terms of accommodation, human resources and infrastructure.  As an immediate measure, KBI shall be provided with 2 Reporters (at a monthly remuneration of Rs 40,000 each) and two cameraman,” he said.
The Minister said the Information Department must showcase J&K by organizing festivals in coordination with Tourism Department, the venue and date for which shall be decided later. “The festival, besides highlighting the developmental scenario of the state, shall show-case the culture, cuisine, nature, art & craft of three regions of J&K,” he said.
Zulfkar said the Department must display hoardings prominently at J&K House for which the Department of Information and Public Relations will be providing necessary material. “In the meantime office of PRC New Delhi will secure the necessary NoC from NDMC and other regulatory authorities in this regard,” he said.
“Besides, the Information Department and Tourism Department will provide 100 mounted/framed photographs for display in the premises of Kashmir Houses at 5- Prithvi Raj Road and Chanakya Puri,” he added.
The Minister said the KBI must keep a close liaison with PRO/Personal Section/IOs of all concerned Ministers to ensure that the official visits of Ministers to the national capital are well-covered in print and electronic media.
He said the KBI must coordinate with editors of prominent news papers and TV channel/ heads besides reputed and well-known columnists for the proposed Media Summit in the month of September this year in Srinagar.
DG News Doordarshan meets CM 
Director General, News, Doordarshan, Veena Jain called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today.
The DG News apprised the Chief Minister about many of her organisation’s initiatives aimed at disseminating Government’s welfare schemes among masses.
The Chief Minister asked the DG News to get Jammu & Kashmir and its cultural diversity reflected appropriately by her organization.
Senior officers of DD News and Regional News Unit accompanied the DG News.
PCI concerned over closure of media houses, retrenchment of journalists
The Press Council of India (PCI) has expressed concern over the growing challenges being faced by the news media industry in the country,  resulting in closing down of media houses and mass retrenchment of the journalists.
“The Council urges all the stakeholders to appreciate the direct impact that the closing down of the media houses and retrenchment of journalists will have on the lives and livelihood of journos,” stated a Resolution adopted at an emergency meeting of the PCI, convened here in this regard under the Chairmanship of Justice C K Prasad Chairman Press Council of India.
The meeting discussed in detail the editorial and commercial pressures being faced by the media industry resulting in sudden retrenchment of hundreds of journalists across the country in recent months.
The meeting further urged all the stakeholders to appreciate the impact such actions will have on the freedom of the press to fulfill its mandate, and for the people to receive unfettered news, views and comments.