The 7{+t}{+h}plenary session of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has urged the government to set up a media commission and consult representatives of all stakeholders in the media to frame its terms of reference.

Briefing presspersons here on Monday on the resolutions adopted at its three-day conference, IJU president S.N. Sinha said that considering the explosion of the broadcast media (television channels), it was imperative that the proposed media council (replacing the Press Council of India) be renamed as media commission, bringing the broadcast media into its regulatory framework and enforcing a code of ethics.

Expels ex-president

The plenary passed a resolution expelling former president Suresh Prasad Akhouri from the primary membership of the IJU, he said. Mr. Sinha and D. Amar were elected as president and secretary-general of IJU a few months ago.


The plenary elected Sabina Indrajeet from New Delhi as Treasurer, Geetartha Pathak, Amar Mohan Prasad and M.A. Majid (Hyderabad), as Secretaries and eight others as National Executive committee members.

By other resolutions, the Union demanded enactment of a law to protect working journalists and payment of compensation to their families in the event of a tragedy.

CBI investigation

Expressing concern over the tardy progress of investigation into the killings of journalists - a total of 47 such incidents were reported since 1992 - the IJU demanded that all cases be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

  • ‘Bring broadcast media into its regulatory framework and enforce a code of ethics'
  • Want enactment of a law to protect working journalists and compensation to the families