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Ras Bihari
Ras Bihari

Over 35 years with the mainstream newspapers, including 20 years with Dainik Hindustan, in different capacities. Metro Edit
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Prasanna Mohanty
Prasanna Mohanty

Senior Journalist and Political analyst.


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National Union of Journalists (India)

Member, International Federation of Journalists(IFJ) Brussels

( 15th’ MAY TO 15th’ JUNE’2020)


NUJ(I) is now active in almost every state of the country and also in all digital platforms. NUJ(I) which strives to preserve and protect the freedom of journalists, we must thank our National President Mr. Ras Bihari and secretary General Mr Prasanna Mohanty for this achievement.

Under the leadership of our President, Mr. Ras Bihari and Secretary General Mr Prasanna Mohanty  all members are now able to take an active part in representing the professional interests of journalists.

We thank you IFJ for on time support and guidance.

Repot of  NUJ(I) activities from 15th May to 15th June 2020 is as follow :




May 08,2020


The National Union of Journalists India NUJ(I) has welcomed the Madras High Court ruling that powerful politicians and corporates&
39; misuse defamation cases to intimidate the media. The court has said that just a few mistakes in reporting do not give the prosecution the right to be convicted



May 16,2020


NUJ(I) to Honor heroes of the Corona era, constituted selection committee.,

Union has announced to honor the heroes of the Corona era for the organizations and individuals who have done remarkable work in the Corona period. A seven-member selection committee (Committee formed under the chairmanship of noted journalist and former chairman of Editors Guild of India Mr Alok Mehta), has been formed to select professionals, common people and organizations working as frontline warriors amid the Corona epidemic.



May 23,2020


COVID-19 crisis has impacted newspaper business in India.NUJ(I) has written letter to the Chief Minister of  UP, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Assam and Rajasthan for the assistance the media community during the Corona pandemic crisis and help unemployed journalists.


May 24,2020


NUJ(I) Complaint against harassment of media persons during COVID- 19 pandemic.

  • NUJ(I) has written Prime Minister, Home Minister  and Government of India,  regarding withdrawing the cases against Journalists during the COVID- 19 pandemic coverage immediately. NUJ(I) presented a state wise details of incidents to the authorities


  • A release was issued against harassment and arrest of media persons during COVID- 19. NUJ(India) requested the Press Council of India to order an inquiry of all incidents.



May 25,2020


NUJ(I) has sent a letter in detail to the President, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

  • COVID-19 crisis that has impacted newspaper business in India  and urges International Federation of Journalists to take immediate action on the violation of labor laws in the media institutions so that no media worker will lose its job in this difficult time.
  • The NUJ(I) has sought immediate intervention of the Government of India to put a stop to the ongoing large-scale retrenchment of working journalists and other coercive measures of the media houses in the under the belt of COVID19 pandemic. A statement was issued.



May 30,2020


A webinar meeting of National Executive of National Union of Journalists (India) was held at central office New Delhi. A detailed discussion on various issues pertaining to the media was discussed. The focus was on the effect of COVID19 on Media.


Ras Bihari NUJ(I) President preside the meeting, NUJ(I) executive discussed on Proposal for Constitution Amendment of NUJ(I), Appointment of IFJ Coordinator and Organizing Secretary of NUJ(I), NUJ(I) to honour Corona Heroes, Relations with other journalists Unions,  Organizational Report – State Units to Report, Zonewise Whatsapp Group – District Presidents and General Secretary to be added.


The executive meeting adopted resolutions on Atrocities on Journalists – COVID 19 , Retrenchment and Cut off  in salaries of journalists due to COVID 19 crisis and Demand for special financial package for Small and Medium Newspapers due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Secretary General Prasanna Mohanty voted for thanks.



June 4,2020


The National Union of Journalists (India) demanded  the freedom of the press to report without fear and favors should be properly protected.


  • NUJ(I) condemned the action against Editor of Anand Bazaar Patrika Anirban Chattopadhyay, the largest-circulated Bangali daily, has resigned, after the Kolkata Police summoned him and interrogated him for a long time.
  • A letter was written to, Shri.Jagdeep Dhankhar Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal and requested to safeguards sufficient security to the journalists so that they can work freely and fearlessly. The Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal reciprocated NUJ(I) letter and shared it on social media.




June 06,2020


West Bengal Governor, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has assured the National Union of Journalists (India) to ensure press freedom in the state and protect all journalists against coercive and arbitrary actions. He responded to a letter written by NUJ(I) to stop harassment of journalists in the state.


June 08,2020

NUJ(I) demanded financial support for TV5 Journalist Manoj Kumar who died due to Covid 19 in Hyderabad .the NUJ(I) urges the Chief Minister of Telangana to take immediate action to help the deceased family providing financial aid.


June 10,2020

NUJ(I) has written a  letter  to UP CM regarding fabricated and false cases against the journalists in Fatehpur, Sitapur, Kanpur and some other districts of Uttar Pradesh have also registered cases against journalists. NUJ(I) urges him to withdraw these cases as it feels an attack on democracy.



Further, We would like to bring to your knowledge that NUJI&
39;s state units also helped unemployed journalists due to the Corona epidemic. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand state units provided ration and financial support to journalists and are with them on this critical phase of the situation.


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