Sameer Showkin LoneJammu:
Former J&K Chief Minister and leader of the main Opposition party National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Friday forced Deputy Speaker Assembly Nazir Gurezi to withdraw his order over ban on use of mobile phones by journalists during the Assembly proceedings.
Deputy Speaker caught attention of a journalist in the media gallery who was fiddling with his mobile phone while covering the proceedings of the Assembly.
Gurezi ordered the snatching of mobiles from the journalists who were using mobile internet for reporting.
Immediately after the Deputy Speaker ordered snatching the mobiles from journalists, Omar Abdullah stood up from his chair and told the Deputy Speaker that the order be withdrawn.
Omar told the Deputy Speaker that the old times have changed when journalist used to carry big cameras and wait for hours to get the reports.
“These are not the times when news paper offices would wait for hours together for getting the reports about the proceedings of the house. Now-a-days mobile phones are the most convenient tools of communication. Stopping journalists from using mobile phones for reporting the assembly proceedings is like denying them an opportunity to carry out their professional duties,” Omar said.
Deputy Speaker immediately withdrew his ruling and told Omar that the order was passed after he had noticed a journalist talking over mobile phone that disturbed some of the members present in the House.
The journalists sitting in the press gallery responded to Omar’s gesture with thumping of desks for about a minute.