Sub Committee of the Press Council of India along with the members of Press Club Leh.
STATE TIMES NEWS
LEH: A Sub Committee of the Press Council of India comprising S.N Sinha, Prakash Dubey, Dr Suman Gupta and Naveen Joshi, who are in the State to examine issues related to J and K, on Sunday had a meeting with the members of Press Club Leh to listen to the problems being faced by media persons operating in Ladakh.
Members of Press Club Leh acquainted the visiting delegation from Press Council of India about various problems, including frequent Internet breakdown, being faced by media persons in Ladakh and sought support from Press Council of India in strengthening media and enhancing skills of media persons from Ladakh for the promotion of free and fair journalism in the region.
While welcoming Press Council of India team to Ladakh, President Press Club Leh Morup Stanzin, on behalf of all members of the club, informed that there are several serving government employees who are working as stringers with different media organisations which hinder opportunities to many individuals who have done journalism and are active in the field. He further informed that the objective behind formation of Press Club Leh was to protect the interests of practicing journalists from being victimised for reporting truth and exposing irregularities. Stanzin said that there should be media gallery and space on all official functions and Ladakhi journalists must be invited to cover all such occasions.
Editor Reach Ladakh Bulletin Rinchen Angmo said that facts about Ladakh are often misrepresented in the main stream media when some non Ladakhi, having relatively lesser knowledge about the region, write on issues facing Ladakh without taking the sensitivity of local dynamics. She, therefore, suggested that local journalists, who are well aware of cultural and political sensitivities and dynamics of Ladakh, be preferred to write on such issues of the region.
STATE TIMES Bureau Chief Leh Tsewang Rigzin advocated for the upgradation of the power of All India Radio Leh so that people in the remote and border areas of Ladakh can also listen to the radio programmes without any disturbance. He also suggested that Doordarshan Leh must be uploaded on DTH so that people in the far-flung areas of Ladakh and also in different parts of the country can watch DD Leh programmes. He also reminded that there is a standing order by the Government of India about a Regional Advisory Committee on DD Leh which never met after 2007. Rigzin alleged some newspapers registered in the name of Ladakh are being published in the State with no news about Ladakh but they generate revenue from advertisements from the region which is an injustice to the newspapers which have a good presence in Ladakh and cover issues from the region.
In view of lack of exposure in Ladakh for the journalists to groom, Press Club Leh journalists jointly requested Press Council of India to conduct workshops, exposures and seminars for Ladakhi scribes in Ladakh and also outside Ladakh so that horizons of Ladakhi scribes are broaden in the field.
Among others who attended the meeting include Stanzin Desal from Reach Ladakh, Nissar Hussian from ETV, freelance journalist Jigmet Dadul, Tashi Lundup and Tsering Dolkar from Stawa Magazine, Jigmet Janspal and Stanzin Palkit from Greater Jammu Leh office and officials from DD Leh, AIR Leh and District Information Office, Leh.
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