Source: News Bharati English07 Apr 2017 14:52:34

Mumbai, April 7: In order to ensure safety and prevent attacks on journalists, ‘The Journalists Protection Draft Bill’ was introduced in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and was cleared by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today. This amended bill was approved by the cabinet in its meeting on Thursday evening.‘The Journalists Protection Draft Bill’ aims to provide protection to the journalists, which was tabled after the journalists’ bodies placed their suggestions and objections. This came in the wake of the Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kriti Samiti, and also after an attack on DNA special correspondent Sudhir Suryawanshi, and it was also prompted by past attacks on other journalists who received threats from different groups.

Following are the key highlights of the ‘Journalists Protection Draft Bill’

  • The bill seeks to make an attack on journalist a non-bailable offense.
  • The attacker will have to pay a fine and also foot the medical bill of the victim.
  • In case of an attack on a media house, the damage done to the property will be recovered from the attacker.
  • Permanently employed journalists, as well as those on contract, will be covered.
  • Misuse of the law by journalists would also attract the punishment for media persons.