'Be discreet while dealing with media'

Jammu: Welcoming the end of the stand-off between media fraternity and Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone, BJP Thursday appealed to the ruling NC-Congress coalition to be more discreet in dealing with journalists.

"We welcome the end of the two-day stand off between the media fraternity and Lone. We appeal to NC-Congress alliance to be more discreet in dealing with media persons, particularly at a time when every other institution in JK has suffered an erosion of credibility, leaving the media as the last saving grace for preserving the values of democracy, freedom and justice," state BJP spokesperson Jitendra Singh told reporters here.

Angry over Lone's remark in February 27 that "media was under his control", scribes boycotted proceedings of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for two consecutive days. The protest ended yesterday after the Speaker clarified his remark.

"I never meant to hurt the media. My words were misunderstood," Lone had said.

He said while the media is under obligation to maintain its purity and impartiality, it is also the duty of society in general and the political class in particular, to help media discharge their responsibilities in a fair manner.

Singh said we should not forget that it is purely because of media that the nation could get to know and judiciary could initiate action in cases such as 2G scam at national level and as a host of scams in the state, including the reported misappropriation and corruption in health department.