Jammu Kashmir Press Association (JKPA) Friday organized a function to mark the ‘World Press Freedom Day’, at Nigeen Club, Srinagar.
Satish Jacob was chief guest on the occasion, while Mohammad Sayeed Malik presided over the function. Others who attended the function included Ghulam Hassan Kaloo, Shujat Bukhari, Prof. Nasir Mirza and Bashir Malik.
While speaking on the occasion, the press fraternity unanimously emphasized that for highlighting the significance of the freedom of expression in a democratic set up besides the challenges being confronted by the fourth pillar of the State.
They said responsible journalism is for responsible society and responsible State. The speakers urged upon journalists to play a healthy role in a democratic setup and report the day today issues of all the sections with transparency and in a fair manner.
Lauding the role of journalists in the valley, the speakers said that despite the challenging conditions, the journalists working in the valley have rendered their duties with enthusiasm and devotion besides highlighted the general public issues. They said lot more has to be done for the progress and development of the State besides urged for adopting the journalistic ethics.
They said that World Press Freedom Day gives people the chance to pay tribute to media professionals who rendered their services to the society. The Day is also an occasion for acknowledging the role and relevance of free media in our society, they added.
Pertinently, World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 03 to make aware the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights.