NUJ’s protest march to the Prime Minister’s office against the Killing and Harassment of Journalists

Demand for formation of Journalist Security Act, Media Council, Media Commission Demand to create National Journalists Register

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@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist

New Delhi : The National Union of Journalists-India and Delhi Journalists Association, affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists, marched from Press Club to the Prime Minister’s Office against the murder of journalist Vikram Joshi in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and journalist Sunil Tiwari in  Madhya Pradesh.  Organizations sought to address the problems of harassment of journalists, forced layoffs, pay cuts and small and medium newspapers, along with the formation of Journalist Protection Act, Media Council and Media Commission.
The march began with the press release led by NUJ-I President Ras Bihari, before the police stopped the Prime Minister’s Office.  The protest march was addressed by NUJ President Ras Bihari, Delhi Journalists Association President Rakesh Thapliyal General Secretary KP Malik, Treasurer Naresh Gupta, Member of Press Council of India Anand Rana, NUJ Treasurer Seema Kiran. On this occasion Ashok Kinkar, Ranveer  Dozens of journalists were involved, including Singh, Sujan Singh, Subhash Chandra, Subhash Barolia, Bansi Lal, Manmohan, Omprakash.

 During the protest, the leaders of the organization said that Vikram Joshi and Tiwari were murdered despite seeking protection from the police.  Tiwari, a journalist from Madhya Pradesh, pleaded for his security two months ago.  Earlier in Kanpur, journalist Shubham Tripathi was killed for exposing the sand mafia.
 NUJ President Rasbihari said that there is a need to create a Journalist Protection Act and a National Journalist Register to prevent the increasing attacks on journalists.
 There is a need to create a media council to increase the strength of the press council and to bring the electronic media into the fold.
 DJA President Rakesh Thapliyal said that central and state governments should take effective steps immediately to prevent attacks on journalists.  DJA General Secretary KP Malik said that the killing of journalists has led to a poor law and order situation.  Senior NUJ leader Seema Kiran said that complaints of abusive treatment of women journalists are increasing even during coverage in many places.  The government needs to give this direction.

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