Kashmir Press Club trashes TOI report says story full of ‘baseless insinuations, malafide intent’
Srinagar: Kashmir Press Club has refuted the news report published in a New Delhi based newspaper about its newly elected management committee terming it ‘baseless full of insinuations’ and a report with ‘malafide intent’.
The KPC will be raising the issue with the Editor of the newspaper in New Delhi.
In a statement KPC said that the story in Times of India ‘is baseless and full of insinuations against unnamed executive members of the club.’
“It appears from the story that the reporter has filed it without making any efforts to contact any executive member to seek his version. He has also not backed his story with any evidence or facts,” KPC said.
While condemning the story as ‘highly objectionable’, scribes representative body said that its members observed that it seems to have been filed by the concerned reporter ‘with malafide intent to bring in disrepute to the elected journalist members in particular and the entire club in general.’
“This is an attempt to drag the club, which successfully conducted its first ever elections this month, into unnecessary controversy,” KPC observed.
The management committee of the club has decided to formally take up the matter with the Editor of the newspaper in New Delhi and will be issuing a letter of protest to the newspaper concerned.
“Such baseless insinuations published in a reputed newspaper like Times of India infact violate the basic standards and ethics of journalism,” KPC said.
Interestingly when former Director Information & Public Relations, Mr Muneer-ul-Islam formally handed over the possession of the 9-HB Building and the premises at Polo View, Srinagar to the office-bearers of the Press Club Kashmir, it was the was handed over to Mohammad Saleem Pandit, the writer of the story in today’s TOI who at that time was himself President Press Club Kashmir.
Pandit later resigned from the post, and had tried to be part of the KPC’s recently held elections.
The handover of the KPC building to Pandit was done in presence of then Srinagar deputy commissioner Syed Abid Rasheed Shah and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Imtiyaz Ismail.