People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 12

March 24, 2013


DUJ Opposes Restrictive Move


THE Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) has criticises the move of the Press Council of India (PCI) to lay down minimum academic qualifications for journalists and get them legally institutionalised. The DUJ strongly felt that this is a regressive measure with a potential of making the profession restrictive and consequently undemocratic.


In a statement issued from New Delhi on March 13, the DUJ said the move would not only impact the coverage of news and views which would obviously reflect the bias of the privileged to the detriment of the masses at large, but also bar the many not formally educated but talented persons from entering the profession, of whom we have scores of instances of rising to the top.


Ironically, the DUJ pointed out, the idea would defeat the very purpose of existence of the Press Council of India --- to ensure freedom of expression and growth of the press and curb all restrictive practices.