Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar
Veteran journalist Muhammad Sayeed Malik Thursday snubbed the government for announcing his name in the three-member State Media Advisory Committee without his approval.
The government in an order issued by its General Administration Department on Tuesday had announced Malik’s name as a member of the State Media Advisory Committee that it had formed to examine broader aspects of the proposed State Media Advisory Council and to submit its recommendations for better management of media of the State in the future.
The two other members of the committee announced by the government Director Information, Munir-ul-Islam as its Chairman and former Director Information, Kulbushan Jandial as its other member.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, the senior journalist Malik said, “I, honestly, don't know how to react to a brazen sarkari atrocity, concerning me personally, that smacks of arrogance as well as incompetence.”
He said as per the government order, he was supposed to be one of the three nominated members of an ‘Advisory Committee’ whose task was to advise the government on how to “better manage the local media.”
“Firstly, no one from the government approached me, therefore, the question of my prior consent just does not arise,” Malik said. “A basic courtesy was short-circuited, by whom, I still don't know.”
He said for better or worse, he was disinclined to serve on any ‘Sarkari’ panel though he was always willing to share his experience and opinions in any matter relating to working of government-media relationship.
“Secondly, being a professional journalist, I ought to have been spared this unearned ignominy of being thought of as a party in government's 'management of the local media,” the veteran journalist said. “If anything, I am always available to fight against any such ‘management’ tactics.”
He said media was not supposed to be managed, internally or externally.
“This type of manipulation is an insult to the profession and its independence,” Malik said. “I wish to make it clear that I have no intention to serve on the said committee.”
He also sought to clarify that he did not mean any disrespect to two other nominees of the advisory committee.
“I not only regard them highly but also have pleasant personal relationship with both,” he said about the incumbent and former Director Information Munir-ul-Islam and Jandial.