Pulwama: An online news portal ‘The Kashmir Radar’ was Saturday formally launched in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The news portal was launched in presence of Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, G M Dar who was the chief guest for the event.

A view of the audience during 'The Kashmir Radar' online news portal's launch event
A view of the audience during ‘The Kashmir Radar’ online news portal’s launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

The guests also included Dr. Ruheela Hassan (HoD – Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, IUST), Mr. Bilal Bazaz (CNI Bureau Chief), Professor Bashir Ahmad (Principal – Government Degree College Pulwama), Shah Irshad (President – Pulwama Working Journalists Association), Mr. Muzafar Dar (Sports Journalist – Radio Kashmir), Mr. Shabir Ah (Correspondent – Shaherbeen) and representatives from District Information Department.

Bilal Bazaz (CNI Bureau Chief), G M Dar (DC Pulwama) and Professor Bashir Ahmad (Principal GDC Pulwama) among the audience during the launch event
Bilal Bazaz (CNI Bureau Chief), G M Dar (DC Pulwama) and Professor Bashir Ahmad (Principal GDC Pulwama) among the audience during the launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

Reputable persons from media fraternity as well as successful entrepreneurs of the district were also present during the event organized at Town Hall Pulwama.

“The launch of this news portal in Pulwama is something to be content about. With this, we have come at the level of other districts. I congratulate the whole team of The Kashmir Radar,” said DC Pulwama while addressing the gathering.

DC Pulwama, G M Dar speaking during the launch event
DC Pulwama, G M Dar speaking during the launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

Dr. Ruheela Hassan said, “Journalism of various genres should be the focus of the news portal. Conflict journalism is a reality but the other genres should not become a causality. I appreciate the efforts of the whole team of The Kashmir Radar.”

Dr. Ruheela Hassan (HoD - Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, IUST) speaking during the launch event
Dr. Ruheela Hassan (HoD – Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, IUST) speaking during the launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

“This is a really good initiative from Kamran Khursheed. It will act as a platform for journalists from Kashmir to present their news reports without any censorship,” said Shah Irshad.

Shah Irshad (President - PWJA Pulwama) speaking during the launch event
Shah Irshad (President – Pulwama Working Journalists Association) speaking during the launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

Aasif Ganaie, Special Correspondent to The Kashmir Radar said, “Although there are a lot of media organisations be it electronic, print or online, the idea of starting a news portal came to us only because of three important things – we want to change the present trend in local news media for good, counter fake news and provide a proper media representation to our district in particular and the whole of valley in general.”

He added, “We will also be open to any donations by the local public. This is in the context that when advertisers pay, advertisers are served and when the public pays, public is served. We will hunt down stories that people want to read about. That’s possible only with the people’s support.”

Dr. Ruheela Hassan (HoD - Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, IUST), Kamran Khursheed (Editor-In-Chief of The Kashmir Radar) among the audience during the launch event
Kamran Khursheed (Editor-In-Chief of The Kashmir Radar) and Dr. Ruheela Hassan (HoD – Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, IUST) among the audience during the launch event (Photo by Zahid Chaat)

“We will particularly focus on the problems faced by the local population and make the administration take note and act accordingly,” said Kamran Khursheed, Editor-In-Chief of the news portal.

“We will produce such stories which are not taken up by the valley based news media, however, the stories are equally important as the other trending news in the local news media,” claims the portal’s Desk Editor, Gazi Khursheed.

The event concluded with a presentation ceremony during which guests and other reputable participants were presented with mementoes.

The news portal’s team members thanked New Hilal’s Bakery & Restaurant and Art City Advertisers who were the refreshment and print partners of the launch event respectively.

It is pertinent to mention that ‘The Kashmir Radar is an initiative to bust fake news and provide unbiased news’. The news portal can be accessed at www.kashmirradar.in.

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