Print media industry shrinking badly

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/23/2021 1:23:38 AM

NEW DELHI, Sep 22: The print media shrunk badly in the past five years, according to a study brought out by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), a private think tank.

In a report it says: "Five years ago (Sept'16), the media and publishing industry employed over 10.3 lakh people across India. Today (Aug'21) it employs 2.3 lakh. That means 78% of media employees have either lost their jobs or left the industry in the past five years."

NDTV political correspondent described it as "sad reflection of our times." Another senior journalist quipped: "Achche din."

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), a national body of journalists, on Tuesday announced to observe a protest day, alike last year, on October 2 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to highlight huge job losses and wage cuts in the field of journalism in the name of pandemic.

It has been demanding Rs 50-lakh life insurance to all working journalists on par with other frontline warriors against Corona and payment of solacium to the families of journalists who succumbed to Covid. It also expressed concern at the rights situation becoming very grip during the pandemic as the state agencies of both the Centre and the States resorted to foisting false cases against independent journalists and media houses, the right activists, artists, writers, advocates and thinkers.



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