Srinagar, March 30: Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association has strongly condemned the government’s move to issue curfew pass only to accredited journalists in Kashmir. In a statement JKYJA said mostly the cameramen working for national media are given accreditation while some doyens in local media have not opt for accreditation for certain reason in JK, besides the owners of all newspapers also does not fall in accreditation category.
The statement said we have maintained that this accreditation is used as a tool to discriminate in fraternity, adding at this juncture when world is gripped in grave threat of deadly virus the favoritism by certain quarters can only be termed inhumane act.
The statement further said that Honb’le Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech to nation maintained newspapers among essential services, the JKYJA, said when the central government is paving ways for media men to deliver their duties, the UT government is bound to implement these guidelines on ground in letter and spirit for the larger interest of nation.
The JKYJA called upon Lt Governor G C Murmu to seriously intervene in the matter and issue the orders of issuing curfew passes to all journalists without any favoritism or discrimination.
The JKYJA added that the discrimination meted with the media fraternity on different fronts viz a viz invitations for press, accommodations and other related things will be brought to fore very soon.
JKYJA made it clear that working Journalists constitute majority then the number of accredited journalists in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.