Refuting Kashmir Editors’ guild’s (KEG) latest statement about the establishment of the first Kashmir Press club in Srinagar wherein the outfit boosted to have set- up first ever press club here , the KPC presidential candidate Tuesday termed the statement as laughable and rubbished the claim.
Senior journalist and presidential candidate for upcoming KPC elections, Zulfikar Majid said that the Kashmiri journalists won't allow such distortion of the history by any individual or group who intend to capture KPC and make it their personal fiefdom.
“Our effort will be to make the club attractive and pleasant abode for the journalists,” he said.
He said that unfortunately some elements were hell bent to make the club a hub of politics to achieve their individual gains like bargaining for more advertisements from government
“We will not allow this to happen,” said Majid, who is Kashmir Bureau Chief of Deccan Herald.
Majid, who is contesting election for the post of president at KPC as an independent candidate, ridiculed at alliances of various journalist bodies, terming them “Milawat and Mahamilawat” in his manifesto.
Another journalist, Majid Hyderi also expressed dismay at the statement of editors’ association saying that such lies were never expected from any responsible editors’ association which was supposed to set standards of journalistic ethics.
He said it was veteran journalist Muhammad Saleem Pandit who first took the possession of the government building situated at Poloview and created a press club, braving all the odds and difficulties. The KEG members need to refresh their memory and recall that Club came in the existence only when Saleem pandit pursued with the authorities to get it registered as society under societies Act.
The founder president Saleem pandit even persuaded the authorities to repair the building, which was not otherwise the mandate of the government, said Majid Hyderi. KPC needs to be kept out of such dirty politics and false claims by the Editors’ guild , Hyderi said.
Journalist, Author The House On The River Shoeb Hamid, said"It is unfortunate that some people don't see beyond politics and have ruined journalism in Kashmir that once people used to cite as example for its high ethical code and professionalism.
"There are more bodies than journalists now, some of which only want to regulate and control everything in Kashmir. Their contribution to journalism in Kashmir is abysmal, it is business and power that is always on their agenda." he said.
Shoeb said that the cronyism and 'You pat my back I will pat yours' attitude will not do. They should mind their own business rather than wade the waters whose depth they can't fathom. A journalist's expertise is hired, not his freedom to work beyond the four confined walls."
Arshid Rasool, editor of Urdu daily Gadiyal, who is contesting for the post of treasurer at KPC, said that none can individually claim credit for establishment of the club in Srinagar.
He said all journalists' assocations together played a crucial role in setting up of press club.
"It is pathetic on part of the certain jounalist groups who claim credit for KPC establishment. The club belongs to everyone and no one has moral authority to claim its establishment at individual or group level," he said