IN the 70 years since the national capital’s journalists came together to form a union, the nation’s media and the media community have grown by leaps and bounds. We have seen change, growth, attrition, expansion, retrenchments and closures of media establishments as well as the sprouting of start ups. While the media’s outreach and power has never been as extensive as it is today, the challenges before journalists have never been as stark.
THE National Alliance of Journalists has called upon its members, to rally in unison for a twofold alliance with professional journalists from the wide spectrum media, including the broadcast and social media and other unions aligning with it in a federative spirit. A six member steering committee has been constituted, with the NAJ and DUJ president SK Pande as convener and G Anjaneyulu, M Koteswara Rao and Sujata Madhok as co-conveners.
The broad contours of an action plan would be discussed at a working committee meeting in Delhi to be held this month.
THE Maharashtra state social media workshop was held on March 4, 2018 at BTR Bhavan, Belapur. A call for the same was given at the just concluded 22nd state conference of the Party in Sangli and all district committees were asked to send 2-3 Party members for the meet.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists and its Gender Council, in a statement issued on February 16, has condemned the arbitrary sacking of editor Angshukanta Chakraborty by the India Today group for a personal tweet opposing hate news and fake news and demanding action against its purveyors. Her February 4 tweet said: “Promoters turning a blind eye to hate-mongering, fake news spreading anchors, editors, reporters and writers, or hiring them in the first place, must be tried in court as hate speech enablers-profiteers. Must be boycotted socially by secular politicians & industrialists”.
THE first National Alliance of Journalists convention and innovation meeting was held at New Delhi on December 10. The meeting was held at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and attended by delegates from Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala (KUWJ Delhi Unit).
THE Delhi Union of Journalists(DUJ) , the National Alliance of Journalists and All India Lawyer’s Union have, in a statement issued on October 24, congratulated the democratic opinion that demanded that the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017 placed by BJP government in Rajasthan assembly for converting it into a statute should be withdrawn lock-stock and barrel. A small beginning has been made by its deferment they said. Continued vigilance is the need of the hour as other cases of brow beating the media remain, they added.
A JOINT extended meeting of the executive committee of the Press Unity Centre and the Delhi Union of Journalists has resolved through a reorganised structure to move jointly in matters pertaining to the serious situation effecting hundreds of journalists and press workers in Delhi in particular with the widest possible national alliance based on agreed principles and a minimum programme.
ON June 24, 2014, the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and its Gender Council (GC) noted with deep concern the deteriorating work environment in media houses, particularly TV channels, which stands exposed by the attempted suicide of a woman TV anchor on the premises of India TV. Behind the glamour projected by the TV industry, the DUJ noted, there lies the grim story of abysmal employment practices, 24/7 working hours, high pressure deadlines, arbitrary contracts, and hire and fire practices.
THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on June 8, the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Delhi Press Initiative (DPI) castigated the Vasundhara Raje led BJP government of Rajasthan for its total surrender to big business and media monopolies. The state government of the BJP state government have sought, the statement accused, to virtually end the Industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour Act and the Factories Act, and demolish whatever security has been left for employees.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) has regretted the Pakistan government’s refusal to renew the visas of two Indian journalists posted in Islamabad, and has demanded that the Pakistan authorities reconsider the decision to deny visas to Meena Menon, correspondent of The Hindu, and Snehesh Philip, correspondent of the PTI.