Azad tells media to highlight country’s progress


Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday assailed the media for highlighting trivial events and issues and eclipsing the country’s composite progress.

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“Even small negative developments receive the highest coverage, giving an impression as if nothing was going right in the country,” the chief minister said.

He was addressing the two-day All India Editors’ Conference on Social Sector Issues with focus on Jammu and Kashmir at the Sher-I-Kashmir International Conference Centre here.

“If a wife does not provide morning tea to her husband in time, it becomes a breaking news,” Azad said, adding that major development projects that are directly connected with the welfare of the masses are either “missed out or not adequately reported by print and electronic media”.

About 41 editors from across the country, besides their colleagues here, are participating in the conference, jointly organized by the Press Information Bureau and the State Information Department.

Azad briefed the participants on the development scene in the state and said his government was trying its best to develop infrastructure and fight corruption.

He said incidents of human rights violations have been checked and not a single case of custodial disappearance has been reported in the state during the last 10 months.

Keeping his fingers crossed, the chief minister hoped that 2007 would be the first year since militancy erupted in the border state when no case of custodial disappearance was reported.