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In a Diwali Milan celebration today at Bhartiya Janata Party’s Ashok Road headquarter in New Delhi while the prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have exhibited a grand gesture to merrily mix with the journalists of the national media, electronics as well as print including its photographers, particularly those covering the the BJP and government affairs for a long time on the other hand at the Press club of India several journalist organisations were vociferously deploring the arrest of the former BBC journalist Vinod Verma terming it as arbitrary and attack on the freedom of the press.

It was just a coincidence that while a section of the media men and photo journalists were busy interacting, merrily shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with prime minister Modi who voluntarily mixed with journalists at BJP headquarter, another section of media men were worried and concerned over the arrest of one of the scribe of their fraternity from Delhi yesterday on allegedly false and fabricated charges as pronounced by them in the protest meeting at Press Club of India, Raisina Road just less than a half a kilometer away from the BJP’s national headquarter. Sounds interesting.

Prime Minister Modi while addressing the leaders , workers of BJP before posing for photographs with the media men and photographers, majority of whom he knew personally said the internal democracy in political parties is utmost essential to strengthen democratic values. He spoke extempore and also remembered his old days when he functioned from the BJP headquarter and looked for journalists for the political briefs and publication of his point of view.

He spoke at length on strengthen the inner party democracy in political parties and praised the media for outrightly supporting his flagship initiative on Swach Bharat Abhiyan and stressed the need for maintaining better, cordial and trustful relations between the fourth estate and political parties despite differences in opinion. He also touched several other significant issues particularly how the BJP has accorded bright opportunities to young party cadre in the oganisational hierarchy as compared to the dynastic promotion in rival political party without naming the Congress.

Prime minister Modi merrily mixed, interacted and shook hands with journalists and press photographers and also posed with them for pictures. Some journalists and press photographers seemed to quite happy and eager to pose with the most popular prime minister of the largest democracy of the world while at the press club of India the senior journalists held a protest meeting against the arrest of the former digital editor of Amar Ujala and BBC terming it arbitrary and on fabricated and concocted grounds to stifle the free voice.

SUNIL NEGI

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On the day of Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October the Press Club of India of which I am too a member, is organisising a protest demonstration and a forming a human chain to register the opposition of the entire media fraternity and right thinking people towards the recent obnoxious and anguishing incidents of despicable murders of journalists across the country.

The protest demonstration of the entire mediaPCI TO FORM HUMAN CHAIN AGAINST LYNCHING OF JOURNALISTS ON GANDHI JAYANTI 2ND OCT fraternity of Delhi in which various media organisations and its members would participate would take place at the Press Club of India precincts, Raisina Road at 1.PM sharp to be addressed by senior veteran journalists and important figures of the media fraternity. The PCI has always been in the forefront to always take the lead in registering its protest and opposition in matters pertaining to unfortunate killings and attack on journalists and demanding immediateand forthright penalisation of the culprits.

It has recently been the very first responsible organisation to convene the protest meeting at the PCI precints to register its condemnation on the arbitrary CBI raids on the NDTV premises all over the country compounded with a large attended protest meeting against the brutal murders of outspoken progressive journalists Gauri Lankesh of Bengaluru and Shantanu Bhowmick demanding expeditious action in bringing the obnoxious culprits to justice. 2nd October’s protest demonstration and formation of the human chain is a continuous exercise to keep the state and central governments aware and mobilised about their negligence and ignorance in not securing the lives of journalists nationally.

It really disturbing and shocking to note that during the last ten years amongst the 70 working journalists who have been killed while on line of duty, except a very negligible few none of the culprits have been brought to justice despite tall claims of the successive governments at the state and the centre. In addition to these protest demonstrations it organises seminars and discussions on issues of national significance anf matters pertaing to media freedom and rights. Programmes pertaining to book releases and lectures of various foreign dignitories on Indo foreign relations are also organised from time to time. The Press Club of India also organises obituaries of its veteran member journalists and honour the veteran journalists from time to time. The PCI’s standing in solidarity gesture with journalists in distress is always laudable.

Uttarakhand Journalists forum demands a CBI inquiry in all these murders and adequate financial compensation to the bereaved families.

SUNIL NEGI, MEMBER PRESS CLUB OF India and PRESIDENT, Forum of Uttarakhand Journalists