The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in association with Indian Women’s Press Corps, Delhi Union of Journalists, Press Club of India (New Delhi), Mumbai Press Club and Indian Federation of Working Journalists have organized a two day national consultation on media freedom and the law on 8 & 9 August next.
To be held at New Delhi Press Club, the national meet is expected to highlight the burning issues relating to the frequent attacks on journalists, sexual harassment and criminal defamation cases against the media persons and also appropriate response to those attacks on press freedom including legal measures.
Senior journalist and media commentators like Paranjoy Guha Thakurtha, Bharat Bhushan, Sevanti Ninan, Sukumar Murlidharan, Siddharth Varadarajan, PC Tiwari, Anil Chamadia, Sujata Madhok will be present on the meet, which will be graced by renowned advocates like Prashant Bhushan, Colin Gonsalves, media rights campaigners like Vikram Rao, Nadeem Ahmad Kazmi, Nava Thakuria etc.
“The HRLN has been doing some preliminary work with journalists under attack. Our network partners have repeatedly reported various ways in which the employers and government have victimized journalists,” said a statement issued by the HRLN adding that in some cases lawyers have been able to provide legal defense but in many instances journalists have suffered physical assaults, criminal cases and sexual harassment without any effective legal aid.