The National Alliance of Journalists (NAJ), Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Federation (APWJF), the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ), have called all members to be ready for a march to Parliament by November to press for a Media Commission of India, a wide spectrum Media Council of India, a risk insurance cover for all journalists and announcement of wage fixation machinery for all forms of media. The NAJ and the DUJ also expressed deep concern at the increasing attacks on journalists. NAJ and DUJ have long been demanding legal measures for the protection of journalists.
They have also demanded stern steps for implementation of the statutory Majithia Wage Board Award for which hundreds of journalists and press workers are struggling in the court. Over 300 journalists have died so far waiting for their dues. The NAJ and the DUJ note with concern that freelancers and stringers are facing severe livelihood issues in the absence of any fixed wages, remuneration or any social security measures. The growing casualisation and contractualisation of media jobs have threatened the independence of the media.
In a joint statement today NAJ President S.K. Pande, DUJ President Sujata Madhok, DUJ General Secretary A.M. Jigeesh, APWJF General Secretary G. Anjaneyulu, and NAJ Secretary General N. Kondaiah have also called for strict action against incidents of hate speech, even in Parliament of India. The increasing incidents of communal violence ahead of the crucial Assembly elections and the 2024 general elections are aimed at furthering the communal polarization. The NAJ and DUJ urged the media fraternity to not to fall prey to the tactics of communal forces while covering such incidents.