Various journalist bodies and unions have come together against the harassment of the female media employees and sexual violence.
Joining hands, International Federation of Journalists, Delhi Union of Journalists, Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and All India Newspaper Employees Federation called for a “no-tolerance” stance on sexual violence against female media workers.
In a joint statement, the organisations stated that this is a result of a concerning pattern of incidents in the Indian media, which includes the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai on 22 August.
The DUJ said that it is high time that media organisations take this problem seriously, devise preventive strategies, create redressal mechanisms and foster a non-sexist culture at the workplace. “The message must go out loud and clear to all employees, including managers, editors and others in authority, that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”
Further, IJU added that it is “greatly disappointed” with Tehelka magazine’s response which seemed to be more about protecting the editor than helping the female journalist. It said that media should pursue its own perpetrators with equal zeal or risk impacting the credibility of the fourth estate.
Meanwhile, DUJ has written to Press Council of India, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women calling for the establishment of an internal complaints committee in every media organisation in the country within a stipulated timeframe.