13 November, 2019
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Syllabus subtopic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
News: A draft bill has been prepared by a committee to safeguard media persons in Chhattisgarh from harassment, intimidation and violence.
Prelims focus: Key provisions in the draft.
Mains focus: Need for and significance of the law.
The draft Chhattisgarh Protection of Media persons Act:
Protecting the journalists:
According to the not-for-profit organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), between 1992 and 2017, 28 journalists were murdered in a premeditated or spontaneous act in direct relation to their work in India. These figures do not include those killed in military crossfire or while covering deadly assignments such as violent demonstrations.
Need of the hour:
To stop the assaults on journalists and writers, and to ensure justice when such assaults do take place, the country requires legal and institutional reforms as well as measures to plug weaknesses in policing. But above all, this requires greater political commitment to protect free speech and the freedom of the press.
Source: Indian Express
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