Current Issues

M J Akbar Must Step Down

IN a statement issued on October 16, the journalist organisations - Press Club of India, Indian Women's Press Corps, South Asian Women in Media, Press Association - have expressed deep concern over the overwhelming complaints of sexual harassment in the media. They ssid that sexual harassment at the workplace is a worrisome reality and that media organisations and managements have been unable to put the systems in place which would have ordinarily addressed complaints of sexual harassment.

M J Akbar Should Resign

CPI(M)  Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on October 11, 2018

SEVEN women journalists have come forward recounting their experience of sexual harassment and unacceptable behaviour from M J Akbar when he was editor of various newspapers.

Since these are serious charges, M J Akbar’s continuance as a minister of state in the central Government is untenable. He should immediately resign from office.

Gross Misuse of State’s Powers

IN a press statement issued on September 28, five petitioners – Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande  and Maja Daruwala said that they approached the Supreme Court when five well-known lawyers, journalists and civil rights activists were arrested across the country on August 28 and charged with abetting acts of terror under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Suppression of a Daily Newspaper

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on October 2, 2018

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the action of the BJP state government of Tripura in cancelling the registration of Daily Desharkatha, a progressive newspaper.

Desharkatha is a prominent newspaper of Tripura of forty years standing and is the second largest circulated daily in the state.

Editors Guild of India Condemns the Cancellation of Registration of Daily Desher Katha

Below is the statement issued by Editors Guild of India on October 03

THE Editors Guild of India has condemns the decision of the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) to cancel the registration of Daily Desher Katha, a daily newspaper published from Agartala.

The Guild is of the view that cancellation of the registration of a publication on the mere finding that there was a mismatch between the information of the editor, printer and publisher is not only a gross overreaction but also a draconian step that throttles freedom of the media.

Rafale Scam Exposed

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on September 22

FRANCOIS Hollande, who was the president of France when the deal for thirty six Rafale fighter aircrafts was signed, has stated that Anil Ambani’s company Reliance Defence was chosen as the offset partner by Dassault Aviation because the Indian government had proposed his name.

Withdraw Circular on Surgical Strike

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on September 22

THE circular issued by the UGC under instructions from the HRD ministry regarding the observance of “surgical strike day” on September 28, is outrageous and objectionable as it seeks to create a jingoistic atmosphere in the country to take forward the political agenda of the ruling party.

It is yet another example of the government’s utter contempt for minimum democratic norms and respect for the autonomy of institutions in its efforts to push its narrow agenda.

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