New Delhi: More than two thousand journalists participated in the 20th National Convention of the National Union of Journalists (India) affiliated to the International Union of Journalists on 11 September 2020. Video conference held in hundred cities of country.
The major issues of the media world such as Journalist Security Act, Media Commission, Formation of Media Commission and impact of Covid-19 on Media was discussed in the virtual conference.
More than 2,000 journalists participated in 20th National Convention of NUJ-India through Video-conferencing
Ras Bihari, president NUJ-I, said that central Government should announce financial package for Media during Corona pandemic. He also demanded to considered to provide financial assistance from central and state governments to journalists fired from newspapers and channels.
Anthony Bollenger, the General Secretary of International Federation of Journalists in his video massage said that we need to work hard for the betterment and welfare of Journalists.
NUJ-I President Ras Bihari and Secretary General Prasanna Mohanty said that prominent among all state capitals including Delhi, Haryana, Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya Journalists participated in the national convention.
NUJ-I president Ras Bihari said that the problems of journalists who were detained and trimmed during the Corona is very serious issue and NUJ-I will discuss it in detail with state and central Govt. At the same time, the demand for enactment of Journalist Protection Law, formation of Media Council and Media Commission were vigorously raised. In the meeting leaders were against arrests based on fake cases against journalists. In the convention it has been demand to the Central Government to provide assistance to the financially weak small and medium newspapers.
In the Corona period, a situation of starvation has arisen in front of large number of journalists. Journalists are also committing suicide due to poor economic condition.
In Delhi, Ras Bihari, Rakesh Thapliyal, President of Delhi Journalists Association, General Secretary KP Malik, vice president Sujan Singh, Treasurer Naresh Gupta, EC members Ashok Barthwal, Subhas Chandra, Rajesh Bhasin attended the convention at NUJ-I Headquarters 7, Jantar Mantar Road, New Delhi.
Thapliyal said that no action has been taken by the Central Government and the State Government in view of deteriorating condition of journalists.
Malik said that surprisingly, the government has not shown sensitivity towards the deaths of journalists from Corona.