GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - The Press Council of India (PCI) today stressed the need for a campaign to pressurize the Government of India for a separate law to protect journalists. The PCI has already demanded of the Government for the enactment of a separate law for the safety of journalists in view of the increasing attacks on media persons across the country.
PCI Chairman Justice CK Prasad, while interacting with media persons here, said that it was a matter of concern that attacks on media persons were growing in the country.
�Media persons should come forward and launch a movement so as to compel the Government to enact the law at the earliest,� said Prasad.
It may be mentioned here that the PCI held a three-day sitting here that concluded today. An inquiry committee of the PCI heard 33 cases in connection with alleged threats to the free functioning of the press or deviation from the high standards expected from it.
The PCI also held a special meeting to inquire into the notice issued by the Assam Rifles to three Nagaland newspapers under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The Council heard the representatives of the Editors, the State Government of Nagaland and the Assam Rifles in the issue. �We have advised all stakeholders to resolve the issue bearing in mind the larger national interest and the need to preserve the freedom of the press,� said Prasad.