‘Audiences have to Choose Which Media to Encourage’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

MERC

Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir Thursday celebrated world press freedom day in collaboration with JK Press Association. The theme of the event was “Let Journalism Thrive”.

Speakers emphasised on preserving and further strengthening freedom of press so as to help rebuild society on healthier lines, an official statement said this evening.

Maya Mir Chandani, Senior Editor NDTV was the chief guest on the occasion. She highlighted the issues confronting the media at local and national level.

“Audiences also have a role to choose the type of media they would like to encourage,” Maya said in her speech. “Journalist community should introspect and find out if they come up to the expectations of the people regarding information needs.”

Vice Chancellor KU, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Indrabi said media should do nothing to create panic in the society.

“Instead,” he said, “it should concentrate on truthful projection of happenings.”

Prof Nasir Mirza presented a paper on Kashmir press. He suggested that MERC should be strengthened to provide well trained media persons. He welcomed Director Information, Muneer-Ul-Islam describing him as a shining star and aluminous of MERC batch 1989.

Coordinator, MERC, Farukh Masoodi emphasised on closer ties between media industry and the MERC.

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