Kashmir Editors Guild at a daylong session of its executive body has adopted its constitution and given a go-ahead to the formation of Ethics Committee.
The session held on August 13 under the presidentship of Fayaz A Kaloo, the executive members discussed the draft constitution threadbare and finally adopted it.
“Following adoption of the constitution, the executive body gave a formal nod to formation of Ethics Committee whose members would be nominated soon,” a KEG spokesman said in a statement.
At the outset, the meeting discussed overall challenges that Kashmir media is facing and ways to overcome these.
“The KEG session discussed all relevant issues confronting local newspapers in particular and media fraternity in general and vowed to keep the torch of free expression high despite all odds,” the spokesman said.
The executive body delegated powers to both vice-presidents to remain in constant touch with the Department of Information and Public Relations to look into and deal with issues confronting newspapers. The VPs would be assisted by Bashir Manzar, Haroon Rashid and Shafat Kirra as and when their assistance is needed.
“It was also decided that KEG would liaison with different media bodies and in this regard the VPs would be assisted by Tahir Mohiudin and Ghulam Jeelani Qadri. It was further decided that the newspapers were constrained to enhance prices following the new tax regime which has resulted into a sudden surge in the printing costs including newsprint and other related materials,” the spokesman said.
The day-long session, presided over by the KEG president Fayaz A Kaloo, was attended by Bashir Ahmad Bashir (vice-president), Sajjad Haidar (vice-president), Bashir Manzar (general secretary), Harooq Rashid (treasurer), Shujaat Bukhari, Tahir Mohiudin, Manzoor Anjum, Masood Hussain, Shamim Meraj, Ghulam Jeelani Qadri and Raja Mohiudin.