Tuesday, 27 August 2013

State to bring in new law for safety of journalists - Source The Times Of India

 Taking serious note of growing incidences of attacks on scribes, the Press Council of India (PCI) said it would strive hard to bring in strong laws to protect journalists.

Speaking to reporters here, PCI member Anil Agrawal said he had recently discussed the issue of journalists' safety with state home minister R R Patil. Agrawal was in the city take stock of criminal cases against journalists.

He added, "During the meeting, the home minister had stated that the government would come out with a special law for protection of lady journalists in two to three days. The minister had also assured the Press Council to pass a new law for journalists' protection on the lines of the prevailing law in Madhya Pradesh."

In Madhya Pradesh, senior police officials of deputy commissioner rank or above can only register offence against journalists. Quoting Patil, Agrawal said the government was planning to table the law in the next session of the state assembly.

Interacting with the journalists, Agrawal expressed concern over delay in implementation of law against attacks on journalists and said the state government did not look serious over making such laws.

During his visit, Agrawal met district collector Vikram Kumar and senior police officers and discussed cases of attacks on journalist in the district. He also enquired about the district level committee for prevention of attacks on journalists. "I am surprised to know that despite clear guidelines, such committees do not exist. However, the collector has promised to set up the same within 15 days," he said.

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