Veteran journalist Muhammad Sayeed Malik on Thursday expressed dismay over his nomination as a member of the Media Advisory Committee formed by the government recently, saying his inclusion into the panel was "without my prior consent."
Malik strongly reacted to the announcement of the committee made by the government on Wednesday.
"I, honestly, don't know how to react to a brazen 'sarkari' atrocity, concerning me personally, that smacks of arrogance as well as incompetence," Malik wrote on Facebook.
"I am supposed to be one of the three nominated members of an 'advisory committee' whose task is 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. A basic courtesy was short circuited, by whom, I still don't know," Malik wrote.
Malik said that while he is ready to share his journalistic experience but has no inclination to be part of such as panel. "For better or worse, I am disinclined to serve on any 'sarkari' panel though I am always willing to share my experience and opinion 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'," Malik wrote.
Malik said that he does not believe in concept of "media management" which he felt is an "insult" to independence of media.
"If anything, I am always available to fight against any such 'management' tactics. Media is not supposed to be managed, internally or externally. This type of manipulation is an insult to the profession and its independence," he wrote, adding: "I wish to make it clear that I have no intention to serve on the said committee. Let me also clarify that I mean no disrespect to two other nominees of the Advisory Committee. I not only regard them highly but also have pleasant personal relationship with both."
KEG endorses Muhammad Sayeed Malik's statement
Kashmir Editors Guild on Thursday said that veteran journalist Muhammad Sayeed Malik's resentment to the government-appointed panel on media advisory was a statement of facts and the fraternity backs him for his stand.
In a statement, the KEG appreciated Malik for his clarity wherein he categorically pinpointed the loopholes in having such a model for media management by the government.
"Government should have also consulted members of media fraternity before any such move as candidly put by the veteran journalist on media-government relations," said the statement.