Kashmir Tribune Newspaper launched in Srinagar
Srinagar, August 09 (Scoop News) - N. N. Vohra, Governor, and Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, today stressed the importance of positivity in the reporting by media, what should devote higher priority to highlighting the interests of the people at large.
The Governor and the Chief Minister said that the role of media has increased manifold over the years and, side by side, the impact of media reports has also acquired enhanced significance. They stressed the responsibility of press in maintaining visible impartiality through unbiased reporting.
The Governor and the Chief Minister were addressing a function organized by The Tribune Trust of Chandigarh to launch “Kashmir Tribune” here on Thursday. The Governor was the Chief Guest in the function at which the Chief Minister launched the “Kashmir Tribune”.
Observing that the role of the media impacts governance, society and the course of events, the Governor said that objective and balanced media coverage of varied important issues relating to socio-economic development, governance and democracy would make an important contribution to protecting and enlarging the public interest. In this context, he noted that excessive zeal to praise or blame cannot be the basis of good reportage.
The Governor said that, over the past years, there has been significant improvement in the content and quality of local newspapers. In this context, he observed that views and opinions on influencing the present and shaping the future is perhaps equally, if not more important than recalling the past.
Congratulating the Tribune Management on the launch of “Kashmir Tribune”, the Governor impressed upon the Management to stick to the highest standards of professional journalism. “The reporting must be fair and unbiased”, he said.
Expressing the hope that The Tribune will also launch its Ladakh Edition in the coming time, the Governor said that Ladakh is a vast region showcasing interesting geographical, cultural, heritage, developmental and other features and provides extensive material for reporting. He added that this region is witnessing significant development of infrastructure, economic growth and the promotion of tourism which requires to be highlighted. “Till such time The Tribune launches its Ladakh Edition, it would need to give due coverage to this region in its pages”, he said.
Congratulating The Tribune Trust for its yet another endeavour to reach out people in the Valley to provide a to-date national news every morning, along with local tinge, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, referred to the love-hate relation between politicians and media, describing them as supplementary and complimentary to each other. Stating that neither politicians nor media can thrive without each other, he said that on occasions like today, at the launch of “Kashmir Tribune”, both these important elements of the society are seen rubbing shoulders with each other for a joint cause. He said that the role of media is increasing day by day and the impact of reporting looms large on the society.
Omar Abdullah referred to the two issues – the perception being cultivated in present day journalism that views are more important than news and the practice of publication of ‘paid news’ by some newspapers. He observed that these were not welcome developments and said, “we observe that more space is being given to views than to the actual news flowing from all across in the garb of the perception that views are more important than news. There is need to take a holistic view to strike the balance between the two”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that he views positive and constructive criticism far more beneficial to carry forward development strategies and for implementing policies more effectively. Unfair and biased criticism and reporting without ascertaining facts, he observed, would not be in the interest of the society.
The Chief Minister expressed the hope that The Tribune will make all efforts to maintain its standards of neutrality and free reporting.
Justice (Retd) S. S. Sodhi, President, The Tribune Trust, in his speech gave historical background and the growth of The Tribune during the past 131 years. He said that The Tribune has maintained objectivity in its reporting of events, as was envisioned by S. Dayal Singh Majithia, its visionary founder. He said that the launch of “Kashmir Tribune” is our tribute to the people of
Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, in his Welcome Address, said that the launch of “Kashmir Tribune” marks an important occasion in the history of the coverage of this paper. He said that in the month of March this year The Tribune Trust had launched Jammu Tribune and on that day we had promised to launch “Kashmir Tribune” which we have done today. He said that “Kashmir Tribune”, besides focusing on
Sanjay Hazari, General Manager, The Tribune Trust, presented a Vote of Thanks.
Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, Ministers, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Ghulam Hassan Mir, R. S. Chib, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Ms. Sakina Itoo, Mubarak Gul, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home and Tourism, Devender Singh Rana, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, M. A. Bukhari, Vice Chairman, Pahari Advisory Board, Legislators, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Home, B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Sudhanshu Pandey, Principal Secretary, Power Development, senior officers, political leaders, media persons, prominent citizens and invited guests were present among others.
S. S. Mehta and Naresh Mohan, Trustees of the Tribune Trust, participated in the function.
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