【 RNI-HIN/2013/51580 】
【 RNI-MPHIN/2009/31101 】
06 Jul 2022
Jansampark Life Desk
Delhi: A meeting of journalists was organized at the Press Club of Delhi on Monday. Journalists from various media institutions were present in this meeting. Meanwhile, senior journalists on Monday suggested arrangements for legal aid in various cities for media persons facing various FIRs and raids by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Discussing the challenges faced by the media in the wake of the arrest of fact-checking website Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair, preventing Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Sana Mattoo from traveling abroad and restrictions on journalists covering government events. This suggestion was put forward in a meeting held in the Press Club of India.
Press Club of India President Umakant Lakheda said that at present the freedom of the press is in danger. It is shown that the society is under threat from the media. During the meeting, senior journalist TN Ninan said that there is a need for legal assistance for journalists.
Senior journalist TN Ninan said that holding meetings and issuing statements is not enough, but there is a need to raise voice in one voice for various media including print, TV and digital media. Ninan said, 'We must agree on the basis of freedom of journalism.' He said that there is a need to arrange legal aid for journalists facing FIRs. He suggested setting up of a committee of lawyers in different cities for the cases filed against journalists.
Senior journalists Siddharth Varadarajan (The Wire), Sandeep Sonkar (Working News Cameramen Association), Shobhana Jain (Indian Women's Press Corps) and S.K. Pandey (Delhi Union of Journalists) also gave his views.
A resolution was passed in the meeting, which said, "The registration of FIRs against several of our associates and the Enforcement Directorate raids in media offices in the recent past is a bad sign for the future of the entire profession."
"As per our understanding, the arrest of the co-founder of Alt News is based on exaggerated and false allegations," the resolution said. On the other hand, those who actually give hate speech are roaming freely.
The resolution also called for the continuation of Kovid-19 restrictions in the Press Gallery of the Lok Sabha and the Central Hall of Parliament and a 'ban' on visual media during the nomination process of NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu for the presidential election to be held on July 18. has been termed as 'worrisome'.
"We request the government to restore media access to coverage of government programs as before in the interest of a strong democracy," the resolution said. We also reiterate that the Constitution is supreme and it applies to all. Being targeted by law enforcement agencies has a bad effect on the entire media.
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