National Alliance of Journalists Unions condemns MIB notice to TV channels on Memon hanging

NEW DELHI: The National Alliance of Journalists Unions has endorsed the strong condemnation of the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry show cause notice to three news channels - ABP news, NDTV and Aaj Tak - for their coverage of Yakub Memon's hanging. 

It also noted the prompt reaction of the Broadcast Editors Association on the issue.

Serious concern was expressed at the plight of journalists in TV networks also with the demand for the Working Journalists Act to be extended to the entire media. A doubling of unfair labour practices was taken note of.

Meanwhile, after nationwide consultations, the Alliance has demanded the setting up of a permanent wage fixation machinery for periodic revision of wages. 

It has called upon the central and state governments to make non-implementation of the current Majithia Wage Board Award a cognizable offence taking in view large scale non-implementation.

The demand followed a national consultation with lawyers, academics, activists and journalists fighting cases for several years. The Alliance expressed solidarity with the 2 September action call by a wide amalgam of trade unions and resolved to join solidarity rallies.

The National Consultation was a united attempt by various bodies like the Press Club of India, Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai Press Club, Delhi Union of Journalists, Indian Women Press Corps.

The Alliance expressed solidarity with the National Confederation of Newspaper and News Agencies Employees and its attempts to widen unity. 

The Alliance decided to have joint associate ties with the All India Newspaper Employees Federation, with which the Delhi Union of Journalists, which hosted the Alliance meet in Delhi, is already associated. The meet was attended among others by journalists bodies from Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.

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