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Journalists Protest against Rising Attacks on Fraternity

[New Delhi]Journalists Protest against Rising Attacks on Fraternity
Scores of journalists today protested against the increasing attacks on the fraternity and the freedom of press, and pressed for stronger initiatives to combat the problem.
At a protest meeting organised by the Press Club Of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps and the Editors Guild, journalists condemned the alleged attempts to muzzle Rajasthan Patrika, Outlook and scribes from Kerala.
“These attacks come close on the heels of murder of journalists in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and attempts at banning media in Jammu and Kashmir. These attacks are not restricted to one state or party affiliation either but a selective attack on freedom of press,” Saroj Negi from Commonwealth Association of Journalists said.
Noted journalist Vijay Kranti said suppressing the freedom of press is the most “powerful” thing at present.
“Kerala is an example of what is happening in the country…muzzling the press seems to be the most powerful thing at present in various states and lot of places. There is limited scope for a moderate space in which objective journalism can take place,” he said.
Advocating political and legal activism, journalists also pitched for a law on media ownership to avoid conflict of interest.
Journalist Jyoti Malhotra said, “We as journalists need stronger political and legal activism irrespective of our political affiliations.”
“We need laws on media ownership for sure as conflict of interest itself is an attack on freedom of press. I believe as journalists we too have our shortcomings which need to be worked out in order to deal with this attack-prone situation,” Sabina Inderjit, Vice President of Indian Journalistic Union, said.
A group of advocates had allegedly attacked media persons outside the Kerala High Court complex last month leaving two persons injured. The lawyers allegedly hurled abuses and threatened that they would not allow the reporters to cover the court proceedings.
Rajdev Ranjan, a journalist from Siwan, was shot dead in May. Journalists were also attacked in Delhi when proceedings were on in Patiala Court complex during the JNU sedition row.

Sloganeering Journos March For Freedom Of Speech:Assault Row

[New Delhi]Journos Shout Slogans Against PM+Police For Freedom Of Speech:Assault Row ,Journos Take to Streets to Protest Assault In The Delhi Court Premises
Editors of national media and Large Number of journalists today hit the streets demanding action against those involved in beating up members of their fraternity in a court complex in police presence and sought Supreme Court’s intervention in protecting freedom of speech.
The journalists, shouting slogans against the Modi Government and Delhi Police, marched from Press Club of India to the Supreme Court and submitted a memorandum to its, Registrar, seeking cancellation of licences of lawyers involved in the assualt.
The protesters also demanded Police Commissioner B S Bassi’s sacking due to alleged inaction by the security personnel at the Patiala House Courts yesterday when journalists, students and teachers of JNU where attacked by people wearing lawyers’ black robes.
A separate delegation of journalists met Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding his intervention in ensuring “accountability of the Delhi Police who watched silently as the assault happened”.
The memorandum by the journalists was submitted to Supreme Court even as it agreed to hear a petition tomorrow on a plea seeking action against those involved in the violence
No arrest has been made even 24 hours after the assault where Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma was also seen beating up a CPI activist.
Yesterday, groups of lawyers had beaten up journalists and JNU students and teachers ahead of the hearing of the sedition case registered against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with an event at the university last week to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Anti-India slogans were also allegedly raised at the event.

Press Club Expels Its Member Ali Javed In Afzal Guru Incident

[New Delhi]Press Club Expels Its Member Ali Javed In Afzal Guru Incident
The Press Club of India today expelled its member Ali Javed, He booked PCI conference hall where slogans were raised hailing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru This function was attended by former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani.
Geelani was booked on sedition charges in connection with the December 10 incident.The Press Club of India (PCI) has also constituted a three-member committee to review the booking policy and rules of its hall to ensure that such incident do not happen again.
The PCI also distanced itself from the event on Guru on its premises and clarified that it was in no way responsible for the incident.
PCI had yesterday yesterday issued a show-cause notice to the DU Professor, who had booked the conference hall for the event on Wednesday.
Javed, however, had distanced himself from the event, saying he does not “approve” of the sloganeering and that in any case he “was not one of the organisers”.
The action against Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, comes even as Delhi Police yesterday registered a case of sedition in connection with a Tuesday event at JNU campus here against the hanging of Guru following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP.

Journos Elects Rahul Jalali Their New President And Nadeem Ahmed Kazmi Secretary

[New Delhi]Journos Elects Rahul Jalali Their New President And Nadeem Ahmed Kazmi Secretary
Journos have elected 21 Executives for Press Club India
Rahul Jalali has been elected as the new president of Press Club of India for the 2015-16 term while
Nadeem Ahmed Kazmi has been re-elected as its secretary.
Sri Krishna was elected as vice-president of Press Club.
Elections to choose the office-bearers of Press Club were held recently and there was a keen contest for the posts among journalists working with the print and electronic media.
Other elected office bearers include
Vineeta Yadav, joint secretary, and
Arun Kumar, treasurer.
Sixteen members of the managing committee were also elected by the PCI members.