Mainstream media and journalists should display financial transparency: JFA

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Mainstream media and journalists should display financial transparency: JFA

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while appreciating the Union
Information and Broadcasting ministry for its initiative to review the
guidelines for scribe’s welfare schemes, urged the mainstream media
houses and seasoned journalists to display transparencies in their own
financial transactions to qualify themselves for such benefits.
The forum of scribes also opined that the media houses should show
their balance-sheets every year and working journalists make
self-declarations about their assets along with liabilities as they
demand transparencies from concerned individuals in other sectors so
that they can lessen the erosion of goodwill from the valued readers,
listeners and viewers before it’s too late.
It may be mentioned that the I&B ministry prefers to have a look at
the existing guidelines of various journo-welfare schemes and get
appropriate recommendations for the required changes. The changing
media scenario has inspired and made it necessary to define the term
‘working journalists’, who are engaged with both traditional and
modern/digital media outlets.
The review committee is expected to maintain the parity between the
government accredited and non-recognized scribes as the
acknowledgement rules vary from State to State. For any reason, an
accredited journalist should not be considered as an elite, because
the status could be altered with the change professional portfolios in
media houses.
The committee, headed by renowned journalist Ashok Kumar Tandon,
comprises senior scribes namely Sachidanand Murthy, Shekhar Aiyar,
Amitabh Sinha, Shishir Kumar Sinha, Ravinder Kumar, Hitesh Shankar,
Smriti K Ramachandran, Amit Kumar, Vasudha Venugopal along with
Kanchan Prasad from Press Information Bureau and is expected to submit
its report within two months.
“We need to discuss on the importance of digital (alternate) media and
if the journalists engaged with those outlets can be recognized as
working journalists enabling them for getting all kinds of legitimate
government benefits,” said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary
Nava Thakuria, adding that the professional journalists should
establish their integrity first.

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