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  1. 1. Dear friends, Let me first thank the IJU members for electing the new team of office-bearers unanimously at the just concluded 8th Plenary Session at Bhubaneshwar. It gives additional strength to fight to defend the rights of the working journalists in the country with renewed vigour. We shall be ever more vigilant against attacks on the right of freedom of expression but also physical attacks on the practitioners of journalism in the country. Even before we were back home from the Meghalaya High Court on 27 May, restrained the print and electronic media from reporting the statements of certain organisations calling strikes, bandhs, hartals etc. The IJU strongly felt that the High Court order passed on the plea of the Advocate General and Director General of Police of Meghalaya was an unreasonable restriction on freedom of the press. At the request of the IJU, the Press Council of India Chairman, Justice C K Prasad decided to file an intervention petition in Meghalaya High Court at the next hearing of the case on 10 June. All the governments want to control the media by hook or by the crook. It is the duty of trade union and professional organisations of journalists to be vigilant. It is gratifying to note that the Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced at our Plenary Session that he would shortly appoint a central tripartite committee to oversee the implementation of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations with representation to the IJU in it. He also said the government would undertake review of the provisions of the Working Journalists Act with a view to strengthen it for the benefit of working journalists. He also agreed to bring amendments to the WJA to include electronic media journalists under its purview after discussing the issue with the stake holders. After the successful completion of the 8th Plenary Session, the leaders and members of the IJU and its affiliated state unions should now concentrate their attention and efforts to be ever vigilant sentinels of the freedom of the press and welfare of the working journalists in the country. We also have to strive for ethical journalism which is as important as anything else. For this we need broader unity not only among the working journalists but also with other sections of the working class in the country. First let us unite the electronic media journalists and technicians with the journalists and non-journalist employees of the newspaper industry. S. N. SINHA From the PPrreessiiddeenntt''ss ppeenn Union Lobour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya promised to set up a central tripartite Committee at his ministry level to monitor the implementation of recommendations of the Majithia wage board for working journalists and other newspaper employees in the country. Addressing the 8th Plenary Session of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) on second day of the two day session held at Com D S Rabindra Doss Nagar, Kalinga Industrial Institute of Technology (KIIT) campus, Bhubaneswar on 23-24 May, the Union Labour Minister who attended the conference as Chief Guest, promised to bring comprehensive changes in the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service and Other Miscellaneous Provisions) Act to enhance punishments to the violators. Referring to the demand of the Union for the appointment of tripartite in the place of the officials committee, he assured that a full pledged tripartite committee would be constituted with the representatives of journalists unions, the proprietorsand officials to monitor the implementation of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations. He admitted that implementation of recommendations by the managements even after the Supreme Court upheld their validity in February 2014 was slow and halfhearted. Dattatreya said the government would decide on bring the journalists working in electronic media under the purview of the Working Journalists Act after holding discussions with all the stake holders. He admitted that the times had changed and the working journalists Act should also be brought in tune with the times. Stressing the need for free media for fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the country, he said the media also changed and investigative journalism took roots, which he FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION ONLY HYDERABAD JUNE 2015 IJU 8th Plenary (Contd.on Page 2) Wage Board Implementation Dattatreya promises to set up Central Tripartite Panel Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Guest at the IJU Plenary addressing the biennial conference.
  2. 2. IJU Newsletter JUNE 20152 said, he would welcome. He said the journalists were standing up and discharging their duties despite pressures from a variety of quarters.Do not spend your time on investigative journalism all the time, spare some time for development journalism,he quipped. He said the people of the country gave a massive mandate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government and it was determined to live up to the expectations of the people. He sought the co-operation of the media to take message of good things done by the government to the people. The Odisha Minister for Health and Infor- mation and Public Relations Atanu Sabya- sachi Nayak described journalists as friends, philosophers and guides of the people and called upon them to lead the way for a sustainable growth of the society by means of their mighty pen, social commitment, skill, expertise and interactive communication. Inaugurating the Plenary Session on 23 May,he said the role of media in our society was so important that it was described as fourth estate or fourth pillar of our democracy. Calling for positive journalism,the Minister he asked journalists not to trivialise matters and try to show some thing where nothing existed. He urged upon the journalists to give importance to issues of public importance. Odisha Minister for Urban Development and Housing Pushpendra Narayana Singh Deo, KIIT Founder Achyuta Samanta, Saroj Kumar Samal, MLA, Capt. Dibya Shankar Mishra, MLA. Nilambhar Rath, ETV Odisha and several other dignitaries graced the Plenary Session and gave their messages. N (Contd.from Page 1) The Governor of Odisha S C Jamir described the independent and unbiased media as the life blood of the society and called for free flow of news and views with truth as the bedrock. Addressing the Valedictory function of the 8th Plenary Session of Indian Journalists Union (IJU) at Com D S Rabindra Doss Nagar, Kalinga Industrial Institute of Technology (KIIT) campus, Bhubaneswar on 24 May, he called on the media to shun sensa-tionalism and avoid telecasting and publishing sensa- tional imagery. Sensational journalism makes a mockery of serious social problems. It needs toexercise caution and steer away from provocative journalism. Whether it is a pen or camera, they are powerful devices focusing on the reality of the event" the Governor said. He said Mahatma Gandhi, a journalist himself, cautioned that an uncontrolled pen serves but destroy. Our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru warned If there is no responsibility and no obligation attached to it, freedom gradually withers away. This is true of the nations freedom and it applies as much to the press as any other group, organisation or individual. Saying that journalism was not just any other profession, Dr. Jamir called for evolving a well-defined and clearly articulated ethical principles in our newsrooms. Counting on grand legacy and glorious tradition of Indian journalism, I am sure that days of good journalism are not over despite several allurements.It is heartening to note that there is a great interest among the youngsters in this profession who are full of commitment and we need to convert their passion to bring in change,he asserted. The Governor lauded the efforts of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) to safeguarding the freedom of the press, while fighting for the safety of journalists and for better living and working conditions for them. N Shun sensationalism,Governor Jamir tells media Daysforgoodjournalismstillthere Nurtureyoungtalentamongscribes LaudssentinelroleofIJU A view of the IJU leaders and delegates who participated in the two day Plenary of the Union. Dr. S.C.Jamir, Governor, Odisha addressing the valedictory function of the Plenary of IJU IJU 8th Plenary
  3. 3. IJU Newsletter JUNE 20153 Indian Journalists Union (IJU) President S N Sinha called for a comprehensive law to govern the living and working conditions of journalists in multiple platforms of the media in the country. Delivering his Presidential address at the inaugural session of the 8th Plenary Session of the Union held on 23-24 May at Ravindra Doss Nagar in KIIM Campus, Bhubaneswar,he said it became imperative that the laws which covered only print media, have to be made inclusive of the TV and electronic, including social media. Sinha said that in the past seven decades, Indian news media had grown many fold into a mighty force but the laws government the working journalists cover only the print media leaving others without any legal frame work. What we require, therefore, is a legal framework that covers not only the Press but the entire media. That would require, as a first step,the constitution of a Media Commission to consider the role and requirement of the entire media and recommend changes required in the legislation to extend the provisions of the Working Journalists Act (WJA), including those of the wage board machinery, to all media persons,the IJU President said. Intolerance of media criticism Referring to the increasing intolerance of media criticism by the powers that be, he said the very classes who defended the rights of the fourth estate were scared of its freedom and wanted to deprive it of its role in the democratic polity. He lauded the stand of the Press Council of India Chairman, Justice C K Prasad who refused to issue an advisory to the press to block news regarding the teleca


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