A Reply to The Times of India
On the eve of the budget session and state elections the newspaper industry has made out a case for financial sops, including exemptions from the forthcoming Goods and Services tax, and higher government advertisement rates. The pretext is the losses it claims it faces as a result of paying journalists and other employees fair wages. This is a case of killing two birds with one stone: make a killing by getting more money from the government and by denying employees the dues ordered by the Majithia Wage Board.
”प्रेस की आजादी सुरक्षित रखनी है तो पत्रकार सुरक्षित रहना चाहिए।” यह बात गत 22 नवंबर को नई दिल्ली में आयोजित एक संगोष्ठी में नेशनल यूनियन ऑफ जर्नलिस्ट्स के पूर्व राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष डॉ. नंदकिशोर त्रिखा ने कही। इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन दिल्ली जर्नलिस्ट्स एसोसिएशन ने किया था और विषय था- ‘पत्रकार सुरक्षा अधिनियम और मीडिया आयोग की जरूरत।’
In the run up to May Day, the DUJ announces its Days of Vigilance.
Delayed payment of wages and a virtual blockade of help from the Centre plus mismanagement over the years has led to the virtual killing of the second national news agency, the United News of India in the country with a Hindi and Urdu wing which at times has stood virtually on its own, the Delhi Union of journalists said today. A meeting of office functionaries has called upon the Centre and the new Delhi state government to intervene in all possible ways to save a second national news agency from collapse. It has further noted that hundreds of employees, journalists and non-journalists are on the roads while many have retired with pending dues and they are spread all over the country.
The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) condemns the abusive words used by Union Minister Gen. (Retd) V.K. Singh while attacking media persons. Such derogatory remarks coming from persons occupying high offices cannot be accepted. Tolerating and accepting dissent is the hallmark of any democratic government and its functionaries. The DUJ regrets the Twitter attack by Gen. Singh. …
New Delhi : The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) sends it greetings to session of the All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF) currently on in the port city of Visakhapatnam, DUJ General Secretary S K Pande said.
The Delhi Union of Journalists welcomes the Bombay High Court’s judgement upholding the right of citizens to freedom of speech and expression in the case against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who was wrongly charged with sedition. The Court has held that “the freedom of speech and expression…could not have been encroached upon when there is no allegation of incitement to violence or intention to create public disorder.”
The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) condemns the move by the Gujarat Police to arrest Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Javed Anand, senior journalists and activists. However, their arrest has been stayed upto February 19 by the Supreme Court.
The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) condemns the increasing curbs and restrictions being imposed on journalists in various parts of the country. In the latest instance, the West Bengal government has banned the movement of journalists within the state secretariat ‘Nabana’. Journalists holding Press Accreditation cards issued by the state government have been barred from moving beyond the designated Press Corner in the building. Violators, have been threatened with dire consequences, including arrest and slapping of cases charging them of violating the official secrets Act.
The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) is concerned over the reported suicide of a Pakistani journalist a few days back owing to financial problems following non-payment of his salary for four months by the Royal TV management. The DUJ also expresses support and solidarity with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) which held countrywide protests today.
Journalists, press workers, and union leaders connected with the profession called for an end to invisible press censorship of trade union movements in general and even of struggles pertaining to court cases of journalists and press workers. The meeting called by the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Delhi Press Unity Centre 2014 expressed grave concern at the fact the curious happenings in the newspaper industry like mass scale victimization, non-implementation of statutory awards and even locking of union offices was becoming a pattern against a targeted witch hunt of union activists with the government central and labour departments remaining prisoners of indecision or acting in a stupor.
The Delhi Union of Journalists and the Delhi Press Unity Centre 2014 have called upon activists to join the protest meeting in the union premises on Friday evening against the invisible press censorship of trade union movements in general and even of struggles including court cases pertaining to journalists and press workers.