Posted on 4/15/2018
On 15 April, 2018, Kashmir Institute of International Relations in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Joint Media Forum (JKJMF) organized consultative meeting concerning Jammu Kashmir Joint Media Forum in Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu Kashmir. The topic was to discuss and highlight the common issues of Journalists concerning JKJMF. Journalists from All parts of AJK participated in this meeting. Editor Daily Jammu Kashmir Raja Kafil Ahmed moderated the meeting by highlighting the salient features of the performance of forum. Director Programs KIIR Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani was invited as chief guest.
The main objective of this consultative meeting is to discuss common and sensitive issues of journalists in AJK, Improving Jammu Kashmir Joint Media Forum (JKJMF) to work more effectively and also encourage young journalists to participate more and more to get exposure in their respective fields.
The JKJMF and KIIR has agreed upon the vision paper, which underlines the need to have exchange of information, news, views, exposure trips and tackling the issue of journalists’ welfare. Journalists discussed about dimensions of media growth and freedoms in the AJK. They also discussed different challenges for media including low levels of literacy in the society, decreasing purchasing power of readers, lack of communication infrastructure in rural areas, high costs of printing and production of media, low business and economic support to media, government controls on public advertising and many others.Since the Creation of ‘Jammu Kashmir Joint Media Forum’ it opened doors for greater interaction between journalists working in all parts of Kashmir. With support from KIIR, journalists in AJK had the opportunity to interact with senior journalists of Pakistan. In the last quarter of year 2017, KIIR launched a new set of training program for young journalists of AJK, appreciated by AJK Journalists. The creation of JKJMF was highly appreciated by the journalist community and the various government departments who are linked to this area of interest. The feedback from journalists has been very positive. Based on the positive feedback,KIIRisplanningtofurtherextenditsoutreachto those media actors that need capacity-building support for improvedperformance.