New Delhi (Press Note): The Indian Women’s Press Corps notes with deep concern the report of a young woman journalist attempting suicide following alleged harassment by her seniors. As per the note left behind by the journalist, abrupt termination of her contract as well as sustained harassment appear to be the reasons behind her taking such a drastic step. Irrespective of whatever the specific reasons may have been, it has been observed in general that there has been an increase in cases of overt and covert forms of harassment of employees including women, where the temporary nature of work contracts are often used as a means of intimidation.
The IWPC is of the opinion that that the media, considered as an ombudsman and watchdog of society needs to establish and ensure fair and harassment free working environments in their own establishments and put in place secure terms of employment so as to enable journalists in the print, electronic and online media to work freely and fearlessly.
The IWPC notes that while the print media is protected by the statutory norms under the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees Act (Conditions of Work) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, similar norms governing the working conditions of journalists in the electronic media should be statutorily framed and passed by the government.
Issued on 23rd June 2014, by
TK Rajalakshmi Ravinder Bawa
(President) (General Secretary)