SRINAGAR — Amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the valley, Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has assured all possible support to the pandemic affected media persons in terms of medical guidance and aid.
Senior journalist and KPC President, Shuja-Ul-Haq, said that it is important for his fraternity to reach out to each other as so many persons associated with the journalism industry have been affected.
“So many of our friends are also getting impacted with this pandemic. We just want to communicate to each one that we are in this together. It is very important to reach out to each other right now. We will do our best to help our comrades in need,” he said.
Notably, the media persons associated with print, electronic media, photo and video journalists have been at the forefront in reporting the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the valley.
Many journalists while appreciating the initiative taken by the KPC said that journalists in Kashmir have very little organisational support and there is no government welfare support as well. “Given the pandemic situation, KPC’s coming up with this initiative of support to fellow media men is a good one if done practically on the ground.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the journalism industry with many local newspapers being severely impacted including advertising revenue losses while journalists have been laid off and some publications have gone out of business.
Meanwhile, the media men decried the government’s behaviour of ignoring them, saying that despite discharging duties at the forefront, they were not categorized in the list of people who receive vaccinations on a priority basis. (KNO)