New Delhi : Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) has asked all the media houses and the governments to ensure that media persons and their families do not have to face any difficulty during 21 days lockdown period while performing their duties. The IFWJ has also appealed to the people to stay in their houses to defeat the deadly pandemic of CORONVIRUS.
In a statement, the IFWJ President BV Mallikarjunaih and the Vice-president Hemant Tiwari has suggested that the authorities must avoid the physical presence of media persons in the conferences as the same can be addressed by video conferencing.
It has also been observed that the sitting arrangements for the media persons in the studios and offices of most of the TV channels and newspapers are not as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which prescribes for a distance of nearly two meters between one person and another. Both leaders of the IFWJ have said that ‘it is the responsibility of the media houses that thorough hygienic arrangements are made in the offices for the safety and security of all employees’.
The IFWJ has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister towards the problems which are being faced by the media persons in the sincere performance of their duties. Since the media persons are doing the national and social service, therefore, they should not be burdened with the day-to-day tensions of their family members.
All necessary items must be ensured to be delivered at their houses because they hardly get the time to attend to the needs of their families. The IFWJ has also demanded that government and media houses must provide extra monetary and material incentives to media persons, who remain engaged to their duties at a huge personal risk.